The $75,000 Journeyman Stud Sophomore Turf S. fittingly went to a son of Journeyman stallion Exclusive Quality when Boy of Summer came home powerfully in the final furlong to win the 1 1/16-mile contest by a head Saturday at Tampa Bay Downs (VIDEO
Ridden by Daniel Centeno, 3-year-old Boy of Summer was making his stakes debut in the Sophomore Turf. Breaking from post 1, Boy of Summer kept his spot on the rail around the first turn and down the backstretch, as Centeno sat patiently in fifth about three lengths from the front. The pace quickened around the turn, and after straightening for home, Centeno found a gap and split horses about a furlong from the wire. Boy of Summer dug down to hold off China Holiday by a head in 1:43.67 over the “good” turf.
Boy of Summer, bred in Florida by Tim Ahearn, Jr. and E. Z. Everard, is 3-0-1 in nine starts for Lone Stable LLC. He is out of the Maudlin mare Melancholy Baby, who has produce three six-figure earners from six starters.
Exclusive Quality, who his standing this year at Journeyman for $2,500 LFS&N, is the runaway leader on Florida's third-crop sire list; his 25 winners are three times more than any other horse on the list. His $680,066 in progeny earnings are also triple his closest competitor.
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