"I thought I ran out of horse at the quarter pole," Santos said. "I hit him left-handed and he just kept giving me more. I said, `Man, I still have a chance to win this.' He ran hard and was on the pace all the way. What a good fighter!"Inamorato was third, 1 3/4 lengths behind Unforgettable Max, and favored Congrats was fourth, six lengths behind the winner.
"Speed is holding," said Shug McGaughey, trainer of Congrats. "We just ran even. The two times we ran on a muddy track, he hasn't run quite as good. He trains hard in it, but he couldn't kick on in it today. I'm going to give him an excuse for this one." During earned $67,080 while paying $12.40, $7.50 and $4.40. Unforgettable Max returned $10 and $6.70. Inamorato, ridden by Jorge Chavez, showed for $7.10. The $2 exacta was worth $122.50. Newfoundland, Conservation, Colita and Sharp Impact trailed. Chilly Rooster, New York Hero and Private City were scratched.(Chart, Equibase)
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