Well-traveled Dontbotherknocking successfully defended his title in the $150,000 Edward J. DeBartolo Memorial Breeders' Cup at Remington Park Monday with a well-timed rally for jockey Quincy Hamilton.
Seventh with a furlong to go, the 8-year-old gelding Dontbotherknocking soared past his rivals to snatch the lead from favored Major Rhythm in the final strides, winning by 1 1/2 lengths. The final time for the 1 1/8-mile turf event was 1:48.
Hamilton was aboard last year as well when Dontbotherknocking won the DeBartolo for trainer Bernell Rhone and owner Frank Jedlicki.
Gin and Sin had the early lead, setting even fractions of :24, :47 4/5 and 1:11 4/5. Major Rhythm, the 17-10 choice in the field of 10, took over at the head of the stretch for jockey Earlie Fires after pressing the leader into the far turn. But Major Rhythm, under heavy pressure from Cajole in the lane, could not hold off Dontbotherknocking late.
Major Rhythm was three-quarters of a length ahead of the show horse, 31-1 shot Mad Adam.
The Kentucky-bred Dontbotherknocking, a son of Farma Way, was coming off a 1 1/2-length victory in the John Bullitt at Canterbury Park Aug. 5. Dontbotherknocking won for the 15th time in 46 tries and boosted his earnings to $586,697.
Dontbotherknocking, the third choice, paid $10, $4.80, and $4.40. Major Rhythm returned $3.40 and $3.20. Mad Adam was $14.40 to show.
Load a Chronic finished fourth, followed by Gin and Sin, Vienna Circle, Cajole, Real Dandy, Nobodywantmetilnow, and Mr. Shock and Awe.
Waupaca and Saturday Deelites scratched.