With 50 derby points up for grabs at Gulfstream Park, the 2018 Tampa Bay Derby attracted a strong field of 9 horses. World or Trouble garnered the most action by a wide margin at 8⁄5 and exploded to the lead early on while trying to establish himself as the horse to beat. Quip, a 19⁄1 longshot, wasn’t having it.
As the grinding distance of the 1 1/16th mile challenge went on through fractions of :24.54 at the quarter and :49.48 at the half, World of Trouble failed to hold his lead. Quip burst past him down the homestretch, with Flameaway following soon after in the final lengths of the 2018 Tampa Bay Derby. The result was a shocking victory for a horse sitting at 19-1 post time odds, 20-1 morning line odds.
With the win, Quip delivered $40.20, $13.80 and $6.60 across the board. Flameaway paid out $6.80 and $4.00 while World of Trouble ran third paying only a $2.80 return to show. This was the second biggest payout by a winner on the Road to the Kentucky Derby this year. Bravazo was a 21⁄1 longshot in the Risen Star.
Rounding out the field was 2⁄1 second choice Vino Rosso, 5⁄1 and 6⁄1 outsiders Tiz Mischief, Untamed Domain, Caloric, Arazi Like Move with Grandpa Knows Best coming in last.
“He is a pretty forward horse, and he’s a smart horse,” noted Rodolphe Brissett who trained the three-year-old 2018 Tampa Bay Derby winner for WinStar Farm. “On paper it looked like were going to be there early, and it was a matter of if they were going to let us go in :47 or :49. I guess they let us go in :49, which was a little surprising to me.”
The sluggish pace of the race certainly set up nicely for Quip’s now trademark closing speed.
“It was just a matter of him being fit enough. I’m not sure if we had him 100% but he was fit enough to win today, and that’s the main thing,” Brissett said in closing.
Quip is now 3-0-0 in four starts with his other recent effort coming with a 7th place finish in the 2017 Kentucky Jockey Club that all but ruled him out. The son of Distorted Humor out of Princess Ash now has $282,800 in career earnings and will definitely be a consideration for horse players but his average time and adjusted speed rating still leave a lot to be desired against top flight competition.
Those brazen enough to back Quip as a 19⁄1 odds longshot in the 2018 Tampa Bay Derby probably aren’t too concerned about that though.
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