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April 04, 2015

HOMEISTER WINS GRADE III FANTASY AT OAKLAWN ON INCLUDE BETTY

by Press Box
Tampa Bay Downs fan favorite Rosemary Homeister, Jr., and Include Betty stage dramatic rally to win Grade III, $400,000 Fantasy Stakes at Oaklawn Park.
You actually did have to see this one to believe it.

Trailing in last place in the 11-horse field down the backstretch of the Grade III, $400,000 Fantasy Stakes at Oaklawn Park in Hot Springs, Ark., Suncoast Stakes winner Include Betty launched a furious, seven-wide rally under Tampa Bay Downs jockey Rosemary Homeister, Jr., and held on for a neck victory from Oceanwave in the mile-and-a-sixteenth event for 3-year-old fillies on April 4.

Joseph Rocco, Jr., the jockey on third-place finisher Achiever's Legacy, claimed foul against Include Betty and Homeister, but the result was allowed to stand after a lengthy deliberation by the stewards.

Include Betty paid $39.60 to win. She is owned by Brereton C. Jones and Timothy C. Thornton and trained by Tom Proctor, who won today's Florida Cup Tampa Turf Classic with 6-year-old gelding Old Time Hockey.

Include Betty improved to 3-for-7 lifetime. It was the 13th graded-stakes triumph for Homeister and her first since the Grade III Florida Oaks at Tampa Bay Downs in 2010 on Diva Delite. 
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