Baileys Edge found room for his stretch run along the rail and then held off Friendly Frolic in a frantic run to the wire for a head victory in the $100,000 Mr. Prospector Handicap (gr. III) for sprinters at Gulfstream Park Saturday.
The 6-year-old son of Mister Baileys, ridden by Gary Boulanger for owner Holm Thoroughbred Co. and trainer Stephen Margolis, covered the six furlongs on a fast track in 1:09.95. He was sent off at odds of 17-1 in the six-horse field.
Carrying 114 pounds, Baileys Edge took advantage of a fast pace set by Out Of Fashion, who, after breaking a step slowly, outran 6-5 favorite Day Trader through early fractions of :21 25/ and :44. Out Of Fashion opened up a three-length lead heading into the stretch, but Baileys Edge continued to make progress along the inside and easily kicked past the tiring front-runner.
Friendly Frolic, ridden by Cornelio Velasquez at 22-1, five wide into the stretch, also closed with a rush in the middle of the track, but was unable to get by the winner, who was all out to persevere. Out Of Fashion, the 9-5 second choice with Edgar Prado aboard, held on to be a distant third.
Day Trader fnished last.
Baileys Edge, a dark bay or brown horse who was bred in Kentucky by Dr. Brian Davidson and George De Benedicty, won for the seventh time in 14 career starts, while picking up a $60,000 winner's share for the Spectacular Bid, his first stakes victory. He now boasts a career bankroll of more than $240,000.
He won for the fifth time in seven tries at the six-furlong distance.
Baileys Edge paid $37.60, $13.60 and $5. Friendly Frolic returned $16.80 and $5.40. Out Of Fashion had a $3 show price. The $2 exacta produced a $305.60 payoff.