Lea, showed us today he can be a dirt runner, as well, after he had stalked race fav and early front-runner Csaba (who later faded to 6th), then collaring him coming off the far turn to draw off to an easy looking 3 1/4 length win in today’s $100,000, GIII Hal’s Hope Stakes, for 4yo and up, at 1 mile over a “fast” Gulfstream main today!
Coming 2nd, was the ageless Jackson Bend, who was back that 3 1/4 lengths at the line. 3rd went to Neck ‘n Neck, who was back another 1/2 length further and a “nose” in front of Uncaptured, who filled out today’s super !
Payouts and Winning Time
|Age Restriction: Four Year Old and Upward|
|Distance: One Mile On The Dirt|
|Track Condition: Fast|
|Winning Time: 1:35.30|
|4.||Jackson Bend||Javier Castellano||5.60||4.20|
|7.||Neck ‘n Neck||Julien R. Leparoux||6.80|
|Also ran were: 9. – Uncaptured , 10. – Purple Egg , 2. – Csaba , 8. – Goodtimehadbyall , 1. – Simmstown , 3. – Strike One|
|Scratched horses: Nikki’s Sandcastle (Trainer)|