Justify’s Half-Sister Finishes Fifth In Career Debut At Tampa Bay

Justify’s half-sister was the subject of attention before the eighth race on the turf, but another first-time starter, 3-year-old filly Pep, made a decisive stretch move up the rail under jockey Willie Martinez to pull off a 13-1 upset, defeating Chancetheracer by a length-and-a-quarter. The winner’s time was 1:43.02 for the mile-and-a-sixteenth distance. Pep is owned by Eclipse Thoroughbred Partners and trained by Todd Pletcher.

Egyptian Storm, a 3-year-old filly who is by Pioneerof the Nile out of 2018 Triple Crown winner Justify’s dam, Stage Magic (making her a half to the champion), finished fifth, failing to fire but perhaps benefiting from the experience.

Thoroughbred racing continues Friday with a nine-race card beginning at 12:45 p.m. The track is open every day for simulcast wagering, no-limits action and tournament play in The Silks Poker Room and golf fun and instruction at The Downs Golf Practice Facility.

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