With a late surge, the maiden Interpatation nipped favored Tadreeb in Saturday's $100,000 Palm Beach Stakes (gr. IIIT) for 3-year-olds on the turf at Gulfstream Park.
Sent off at 38-1, Interpatation, who couldn't find the winner's circle in six previous races, tallied by a nose after a ground-saving ride from jockey Tom Turner and paid $79.20, $17.80 and $7.80.
"I yelled at my agent when I found out he put me on a maiden in a stakes race, but I figured what the heck," Turner said. "I've got nothing else to do except go lay in the sand."
Interpatation, owned by Elliot Mavorah and trained by Robert Barbara, ran the nine-furlong event in 1:47.12. Fishy Advice came in third, a half-length behind the 4-5 choice Tadreeb.
A dark bay son of Langfuhr
, Interpatation raced up closely early on before falling back and saving ground into the stretch. He angled out to close with a furious rush, just getting up at the wire.
"The trainer told me to put him on the lead and I was all set to do it, but there were two horses inside me and two horses outside me," Turner said. "I wasn't going to get into a four-horse speed duel in a $100,000 race, so I took back and waited for a spot. We came around and a seam opened up at the top of the lane and he just exploded through there."
Tadreeb, ridden by Eibar Coa, hopped at the start but recovered to get the lead, taking them all the way to the final jump through fractions of :24 3/5, :48 1/5, 1:11 2/5 and 1:35. Tadreeb paid $2.80 and $2.40 while completing the $193.40 exacta.
Fishy Advice, who paid $6.60 to show, stalked the pace three wide for Eddie Castro and was making up ground on the runner-up at the finish.
Fishy Advice broke his maiden by 1 1/2 lengths over Interpatation in his last start March 5, but Barbara said Interpatation was unlucky to lose.
"I thought he was better than the horse that beat him (Fishy Advice)," Barbara said, "and that horse was in this race today so I went ahead and put him in against him."
Interpatation, a $31,000 Keeneland buy in November 2002, earned $60,000 for the victory, nearly quadrupling his previous earnings of $15,280.
Champagne Brunch finished fourth, followed by Prince Rahy, Gun Salute, Killenaule and Fire It Up. So Swanky, part of the Dogwood Stable entry with Prince Rahy, was scratched.