Michael Dubb’s 7-year-old gelding Tahoe Warrior passed rivals in the stretch to win the five-furlong $100,000 Bob Umphrey Turf Sprint on the grass course at Calder Casino & Race Course on Saturday. The Bob Umphrey was the first of seven stakes races at Calder’s Summit of Speed, the fastest day in Thoroughbred racing.
Shipping in from New York for the event, Tahoe Warrior covered the distance in :56.28 with jockey Edgar Prado in the saddle. Tahoe Warrior is trained by Rudy Rodriguez and paid $6.80, $4.20, and $4.20 (prices OK).
Tahoe Warrior defeated Chihulykee by 2 ¾ lengths. It was another half-length back to Lord Robyn in third place. Tahoe Warrior earned $60,000 for the win.
Winning trainer quotes:
Rudy Rodriguez — “We were fortunate to claim when he was doing good ($20,000 at Belmont Park in June). Linda Rice did good with him. He got a great ride and a good trip. A lot of the credit goes to Michael Dubb (owner) for nominating him and taking a chance to bring him here. He asked me how he was doing and was thinking he might run back for $35,000. I said, ‘He might be doing too good to run him back for that price,’ so here we are.”
Winning jockey’s quotes:
Edgar Prado – “He’s shown some speed in the past and he could’ve taken the lead easy, but we sat back off the leader. Rudy (trainer Rodriguez) and I didn’t see any need to mess with his natural running style. I wasn’t concerned about the pace. When I pressed the pedal, he had plenty of gas left in the tank. Rudy did a great job getting him ready for this race, first off the claim.”