Adam Russo's P Day, arguably the most popular horse currently racing in Maryland, romped to victory over six rivals in the $125,000 Baltimore Breeders' Cup Handicap (gr. III).
Eight-year-old P Day and jockey Ryan Fogelsonger stalked front runner First Amendment from deep in the pack before ranging up three wide into the stretch, wresting the lead and then bounding away to a 2 3/4-length victory in 1:48.94. Changeintheweather, the 9-5 favorite in the field of seven, finished second and Full Brush was third.
"He's too tough to pass once he gets the lead," Fogelsonger said in winning his fifth race of the day. "I looked back at the eighth pole and knew he would be hard to catch."
"He's just a super horse," said trainer Charles J. Hadry. "He's like wine. He gets better with age. I keep saying to myself, 'I don't want this to ever end'."
"We're thinking about the Pimlico Special," Russo said. "He just seems to amaze me every time so we'll talk it over and see what happens."
The victory was the fourth added money win since Christmas for the Maryland-bred son of Private Terms. He picked up $75,000 for the victory.
Sent off as the 3-1 second choice, P Day paid $8.60, $3.80 and $3.60. Changeintheweather returned $3.60 and $3.40. Full Brush's show price was $6.40. The $2 exacta was worth $31.