King Guillermo upsets Tampa Bay Derby. Pays $100


King Guillermo pulled off a stunner in Saturday’s $351,500 Tampa Bay Derby (G2), running away from the field down the stretch to score by 4 3/4 lengths at odds of 49-1. Sole Volante, the 3-2 favorite, finished second.

Unraced since finishing third to Sole Volante in the Nov. 30 Pulpit S. on the turf at Gulfstream Park, King Guillermo tracked in second behind Relentless Dancer before reaching the front in upper stretch. The pace was a modest :23.89, :48.16, and 1:12, slower than what aided Sole Volante’s winning rally in last month’s Sam F. Davis (G3).

Owned by Victor Martinez’s Victorias Ranch and trained by Juan Avila, King Guillermo was ridden by Samy Camacho and returned $100.40 after completing 1 1/16 miles on a fast track in 1:42.53. Sole Volante finished 1 3/4 lengths ahead of Texas Swing, who had a half-length up on Relentless Dancer at the finish.

King Guillermo and Texas Swing were the only two entries in the Tampa Bay Derby not currently nominated to the Triple Crown, so the respective 50 and 10 Kentucky Derby qualifying points they would …


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