Peeping Tom captured the $107,300 Toboggan Handicap at Aqueduct Saturday, edging Say Florida Sandy by a half-length after a hard-fought stretch duel. It was the second straight win in the race for jockey Shaun Bridgmohan, who last year rode Brutally Frank to victory.
Say Florida Sandy, who led entering the stretch, fought it out stubbornly to be second in the six-horse field. It was a head more to the fast closing Lake Pontchartrain. Shadow Caster, Kashatreya, and Brutally Frank completed the order of finish.
"He started playing around with me a bit at the end of the race," Bridgmohan said. "That's the way he is. He gave me that extra punch once Say Florida Sandy got up to his neck. He's a laid back sort of horse. Pat (Reynolds, trainer of Peeping Tom) told me to make one, decisive move with him and that's what I did. I think this horse has a big year ahead of him."
"Playing around is his nature -- he was a bit of a clown when we claimed him," Reynolds said. "But when we gelded him and put blinkers on, it helped. He'll stay sounder a lot longer this way because he doesn't over-extend himself."
The 4-year-old gelding carried 118 pounds over seven furlongs in 1:21.25 on the fast track to remain undefeated in three starts this year. It was also his second straight stakes win. He won Laurel's General George Handicap (gr. II) on February 19. Peeping Tom (Eagle Eyed -- Artful Pleasure, by Nasty and Bold) was bred in Kentucky by Finney and Taylor. He earned $70,380 for Flatbird Stable with the win, his seventh in 15 starts.
"The pace and the trip shaped up good for us," Reynolds said. "He got to playing around a little bit at the end and waiting on horses. At Laurel (in the Gen. George), he just blew by everybody and didn't leave any room for doubt. Today, he hung a little toward the end of the race, but he ran a fantastic time. The other horses behind him proved themselves time and time again."
Peeping Tom returned $3.80, $2.50, and $2.10. Say Florida Sandy paid $3.10 and $2.10 and Lake Pontchartrain was worth $2.10 to show. The winning exacta combination returned $9.70. (Chart, Equibase