Claimer of the Week: Prince puts in “Five Star” performance

Five Star Prince raced in mid-pack, advanced at the half-mile pole, continued to stalk leaders before pulling even with  at the top of the stretch before running away and winning the fourth race at Tampa Saturday afternoon. The 8 year old has been named Claimer of the Week and returned a whopping $55.00 to his backers with his 4 length win. Ridden by Jose Lopez, the tough veteran whipped $5,000 claimers to earn his seventh career victory as he stopped the timer at 1:18.70 for the 6 ½ furlong contest. Trained by Baltazar Galvan, the son of Five Star Day has used the Tampa oval for 6 of his 7 wins. Owned by David Posey, Five Star Prince has finished in the money (top three finishers) in 12 of 31 career races while accumulating $72,000 in lifetime earnings.

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