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Wyomia returns a winner in Suncoast
Beverly Anderson and Edward Seltzer's WYOMIA (Vindication) settled off the pace through the early part of Saturday's $55,500 Suncoast S. at Tampa Bay Downs, angled in to split horses in midstretch, and just ran down Devilish Lady (Sweetsouthernsaint) by a head on the wire.
Local rider Frederic Lenclud picked up the mount on the Curtis Garrison trainee in the mile-and-40-yard test and guided Wyomia to finish up in 1:39 4/5 over the fast dirt.
When asked whether Wyomia would remain on dirt for her upcoming starts, co-owner Seltzer said, "I'm not sure. We have some options.
"It's funny -- she's bred for the grass, but her grass races have been full of trouble, so we don't know how that works," he continued. "She certainly handles the Poly(track); we'll just have to decide where to go from here. She's nominated to the (Kentucky) Oaks (G1), and she's nominated to the Ashland (G1), also."
The dark bay lass was making her sophomore bow in this spot, having run sixth in the Breeders' Cup Juvenile Turf (G2) in her last start. She broke her maiden by 5 1/4 lengths at Woodbine last year, then added a win in the Mazarine S. (Can-G3) to her record next out.
Wyomia, who improved her record to 5-3-0-0, $198,287, with this one, is a half-sister to Red Giant (Giant's Causeway). That runner blazed 1 1/4 grassy miles in 1:57 when taking the 2008 Clement L. Hirsch Memorial Turf Championship (G1) at Santa Anita, billed as a new world record on the surface.
The siblings are out of the multiple stakes-placed Beyond the Sun (Kingmambo), from the family of superstars Bosra Sham (Woodman) and Hector Protector (Woodman).