Richard Averill has enjoyed great success at Florida's tracks for years with runners in his own name and with various partners. Most begin with a lone 'R' as the first letter of the horse's name. Yesterday, it was R Prerogative, who was making her first start in nearly seven months for Averill Racing and CCF Racing Stable at Tampa Bay Downs and it proved to be an eye-opening return - at odds of 3/5. She became the 11th winner for Drill this year.
R Prerogative broke awkwardly out of the gate in the 5 1/2-furlong test, but jockey David Delgado quickly straightened her out and eased her up toward the leaders in the three-path. Coming to the turn, she uncorked a powerful run and swept into the lead, widening it in the stretch and finishing 6 3/4 lengths in front, clocked in a solid 1:04.45. The $10,190 winner's check for the filly bred by Get Away Farm raised her total to $74,940 on a record of 2-1-1 in six starts. Her two victories have come by a combined total of 13 1/4 lengths.