AGOS Claimer of the Week: Meteor strikes at Tampa Bay Downs

Tampa-Bay-Downs_groupon Moonlit Meteor stalked the early leaders, took command around the quarter pole and sped to an easy 7 length victory in the fourth race at Tampa last Thursday afternoon. Moonlit Meteor has been named the Claimer of the Week. The chestnut gelding returned $5.20 to his backers once his tenth career victory was made official. The son of Malibu Moon covered the six furlongs in 1:10.61 while defeating his fellow $5,000 claimers. The 8 year old was ridden by Manoel Cruz and is trained by James Tsirigotis. Owned by Julie Perez, Moonlit Meteor has finished in the money (top three finishers) an impressive 17 times from 22 starts and has now earned more than $113,000 in lifetime earnings.

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