Ten Cents a Shine, sharpening for a possible run in the Fountain of Youth Stakes (gr. I) Feb. 15, rallied on the outside with jockey Jerry Bailey aboard to finish in a dead heat with Senor Swinger and rider Edgar Prado in the featured $36,000 allowance race for 3-year-olds at Gulfstream Park Friday.
Owned by Kenneth and Sarah Ramsey, Ten Cents a Shine, a dark bay or brown Ohio-bred colt who is by Devil His Due, attracted notice late last year when coming from 20 lengths off the pace to place second to Soto in a gritty stretch run in the Kentucky Jockey Club Stakes (gr. II). Ken McPeek trains him. He now has two wins in three career starts and earning of $80,120.
Sent off as the even-money favorite in the field of 11, Ten Cents a Shine was unhurried early in the 1 1/16-mile test, rallying from fifth on the turn and catching Senor Swinger late. Senor Swinger, a grey son of El Prado bred by Robert Ackerman, who owns him in partnership with Barry Golden, made a three-wide move in the turn for home to grab the lead in the stretch from The Name's Bond, who tired to finish fifth. Roaring Fever, who prompted the early pace, finished third. The final time was 1:44.06.
Senor Swinger, trained by Mickey Goldfine, won for the second time in two starts and paid $4.40, $4.60 and $3.80. Ten Cents a Shine returned $2.80, $3 and $2.60. Roaring Fever's show price was $4.60.