Papua vaulted his fallen rival, found a seam between A One Rocket and Love Less and carried jockey Mike Luzzi to the victory in 1:10 2/5.
"I was getting a good trip," said Luzzi, whose rated his mount behind the pace of :23 1/5; :46 and :58 over the fast inner dirt track for his fourth victory of the afternoon. "He started to kick in and Javier (Castellano, aboard Bossanova) went down right in front of me. The horse I was on jumped him and kept on running. He never missed a beat, really. He's very athletic, he's a racehorse. Just to overcome that, he jumped. He curled like a steeplechase horse and he hit the ground faster than he was running before that. He is an athlete."It was Papua's first start of the year. His ninth win in 22 lifetime starts pushed his career bankroll past $380,000. He won last year's Hollie Hughes as well."Game horses make trainers," said trainer Mike Hushion, who will now weigh his options for the 5-year-old son of Louis Quatorze. He returned $4.80, $2.70 and $2.30. A One Rocket paid $6.20 and $4.20, and Love Less was $3.60.(Chart, Equibase)