Strummer won his third straight race Monday, taking Aqueduct's Martin Luther King Jr. Day feature, the $70,135 Jimmy Winkfield for 3-year-olds at six furlongs.
Trained by Tom Bush for owners Edward Behringer and Thomas Murray and ridden for the first time by Norberto Arroyo Jr., Strummer captured his first stakes race by getting to the lead and staying there. He carved comfortable fractions of :23 2/5, :47 1/5, :59 and was in full control, winning by four lengths over Johnny Utah in 1:11.
It was the first start outside of New York-bred conditions for the Phone Trick
colt, who has now won three of five starts with earnings of more than $100,000.
Strummer paid $16.20, $5.10, and $2.50. Johnny Utah returned $4.30 and $2.30, while One Way Flight paid $2.10 to show.
The favored One Way Flight broke slowly and was in tight early on.
Formerly the Best Turn, the Jimmy Winkfield was re-named last year to honor one of the great African-American jockeys whose many Hall of Fame accomplishments includes back-to-back Kentucky Derby victories in 1901 and 1902 with His Eminence and Alan-a-Dale, respectively.Dixie Flag
One race earlier, Kyle Kaenel guided SBW Birthstone Stable's Fast Laner to victory in the $62,750, six-furlong Dixie Flag. The 5-year-old Mutakddim
mare, trained by Richard Schosberg, won in 1:11 for her 10th win in 24 starts.