Ring Weekend beats out Vinceremos for the Win at the Tampa Bay Derby
Ring Weekend beats out Vinceremos for the Win at the Tampa Bay Derby: Ring Weekend was a long shot coming into the 2014 Tampa Bay Derby at Tampa Bay Downs, but that didn’t stop Ring Weekend from winning the grade 2 race for 3-year-olds and taking home the $350,000 purse.
The favorite coming into the 2014 Tampa Bay Derby was Vinceremos, but Ring Weekend took the lead in the quarter mile turn and took first place for a three length victory over Vinceremos. If Vinceremos would have won this race, he would have won a $1 million bonus for sweeping the Tampa Bay Derby and the Sam. F. Davis Stakes.
Ring Weekend was ridden by jockey Daniel Centeno in the 2014 Tampa Bay Derby and is trained by Graham Motion. Motion stated that Centeno and Ring Weekend didn’t exactly follow what was planned, however, things paid off in the end as the duo posted a win time of 1:43.71 for the 1 1/16 mile race.
Centeno said, “The plan was to hold off a little but no one wanted to take the lead so we jumped out there…once he got into the lead he was just galloping and riding comfortably. There was no straining so we kept up the pace.”
Motion said of the race, “I would like to say those were my instructions but they weren’t…but I’m thrilled with the race he ran and I thought we were capable of doing something good with the No.1 post.”
It hasn’t been decided yet what else Ring Weekend will do, but trainer Motion, thinks they will most likely run another Derby prep race, possibly the Wood Memorial. Whichever way Ring Weekend’s team chooses to take the horse, Ring Weekend certainly proved that he is a real contender.
2014 Tampa Bay Derby Results and Payouts
1-Ring Weekend, $30.00 to Win, $10.20 to Place, $8.60 to Show
6-Vinceremos, $6.00 to Place, $3.80 to Show
2-Surfing U S A, $5.20 to Show
Also ran: 5 – Conquest Titan , 3 – Matador , 8 – Cousin Stephen , 9 – Hy Kodiak Warrior , 7 – East Hall , 4 – Coltimus Prime , 10 – Tuscan Getaway
Tampa Bay Derby 2014 Replay: