Winning trainer Mark Frostad was happy with the performance of Soaring Free, who was making his first start since finishing fifth in the Breeders' Cup Mile (gr. IT) in October. "We haven't won a race here in a while," he said. "He looked very fresh and strong. I was happy about that. You never know first time out. He's been off quite a while but he's come back very well, obviously."Soaring Free earned $71,362 for his eighth win in 15 lifetime starts, increasing his ledger to $875,044.
Butler had no complaints aboard Chosen Chief. "They were really flying. He broke a step slow and that might have cost us a little bit. To lose to a Breeders' Cup horse is no shame."With Brice Blanc aboard, Banned in Boston rallied well in the stretch to edge Cat Singer for third by a half-length. They were followed by Day Trader, Red Lightning, Abderian, Fiscally Speaking, Blakelock, Doc D, Prince Alphie and Airbourne Command.Soaring Free paid $3.40, $3.20 and $2.80. Chose Chief returned $20 and $12. Banned in Boston's show was $10.40. The exacta was worth $66.40.(Chart, Equibase)