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Santos Has Become King of the Drills


If Tampa Bay Downs jockey Ademar Santos ever buys or inherits a broodmare, it would come as no surprise if he breeds her to Drill. Yesterday, for the third time in a span of 24 days, Santos guided a runner by the Get Away stallion to the winner's circle at Tampa Bay Downs. On Feb. 8 it was Drill's L'il Man, on the 27th it was Kid Slipper; this time it was Princess Livia, who broke her maiden in her second start at odds of 50 cent to a dollar.

Santos took the 3-year-old filly away from the No. 7 post and had her three wide and gunning for the lead in a first quarter of 21.85 seconds. Heading into the turn, the filly owned, bred and trained by Gerald Bennett cruised into the lead, easily opening up on the field as announcer Richard Grunder bellowed, "Princes Livia is in a race of her own, bumping the margin to five lengths." 

At the wire, Santos was standing in the irons as Princess Livia won by 4 1/2 lengths and earned a check for $8,690. Her clocking of 1:04.25 is just 1 2/5th seconds off the track record for five furlongs held by Lady of Greatness. She became Drill's seventh winner of 2019 and 15th overall.