by Mike Henry

And Won, a 7-year-old Florida-bred gelding who had been off since Nov. 14, accelerated through an opening along the rail at the top of the stretch and staved off a late charge from favorite Dazzling Truths to win the second leg of the Tampa Turf Test starter handicap series for males by a head.

Leading Oldsmar jockey Samy Camacho rode And Won, who paid $58.20 to win as the second-longest shot in the race and keyed a $1 trifecta payout of $1,970.40. The victory was the 14th in 52 career starts for And Won, who has won four of his last five races but was competing on turf for the first time since Sept. 11.

Isaias Dream, at 44-1 the longest shot in the 10-horse field, finished third, three-quarters of a length behind Dazzling Truths, who won the opening leg of the series on Jan. 1. The Tampa Turf Test is for older horses which have started for a claiming price of $16,000 or less in 2021-2022.

And Won is owned by Karina McDonald and trained by Chandradat Goberdhan, who claimed him for $7,500 from a victory at Hawthorne in Illinois on Oct. 30 in a race that was taken off the turf. And Won’s time for the mile-and-a-sixteenth distance today was 1:42.91.

By Majestic Warrior out of the Cat Thief mare Exaggerate, And Won was bred by trainer Chad Stewart and his wife, Dr. Laurie Stewart.

Camacho also won the 10th and final race on the turf aboard first-time starter Salimah, a 3-year-old filly owned by Peter Brant and trained by Chad Brown, who has six victories from 11 starters at the meet.

Earlier on today’s card, trainer Kathleen O’Connell continued her climb up the standings, sending out two winners to move into a second-place tie with Juan Arriagada, each with nine victories. Both of O’Connell’s scores came in maiden races on the turf.

In the fourth race, a maiden claiming contest, she triumphed with Katies a Lady, a 3-year-old filly owned by Terry E. Davie and ridden by Rocco Bowen. O’Connell added the sixth, a maiden special weight affair, with 3-year-old filly Sweet Dutchess, owned by Volar Corporation and ridden by Fernando De La Cruz.

Earlier, De La Cruz won the third race on 18-1 shot She Dazzle, a 4-year-old filly owned and trained by Rob O’Connor, II.

Around the oval. Jockey Isaac Castillo swept the early daily double. Castillo, a product of the Laffit Pincay Jr. Technical Jockey Training Academy in Panama, won the first race on Susikin, a 6-year-old mare owned by M J M Stable and trained by Victor Carrasco, Jr. Castillo added the second aboard Julie’s Grace, a 4-year-old Florida-bred filly owned by Happy Tenth Stable and trained by Tony Wilson.

 Thoroughbred racing continues Sunday with a nine-race card beginning at 12:15 p.m. The feature race is the ninth, a $29,500, 5-furlong conditional allowance/optional claiming turf sprint for horses 4-years-old-and-upward. The 5-2 morning-line favorite in the 10-horse field is Jazzy Times, a 9-year-old gelding owned by Dennis F. Smith and trained by Steven Cahill. Pablo Morales is the jockey.

Tampa Bay Downs races on a Wednesday-Friday-Saturday-Sunday schedule, with the exception of Easter Sunday, April 17, when the track is closed.

Otherwise, the Oldsmar oval is open every day for simulcast wagering, no-limits poker action and tournament play in The Silks Poker Room and golf fun and instruction at The Downs Golf Practice Facility.