After the start of the race was momentarily delayed by Get Serious, who dropped his rider and was declared a late scratch, Actin Good broke first in the remaining field of five and led through early fractions of :24.43 and :49.41 under Cornelio Velasquez. Now A Victor sat just off the leader’s flank, while Slew’s Tizzy, Bwana Bull, and Helsinki strung out behind those two.
As they hit the far turn, Now A Victor made a bid for the lead and claimed it momentarily, but Actin Good fought back on the inside and reclaimed his position for a final time of 1:51.54.
The 3-year-old gelding came off a 3 3/4-length win in an allowance race at Suffolk Downs Sept. 22 for owners Leo-Sag Stables, G. Goldsmith and Greg and Jerrich Stable. Before that, his last start was in January, when he finished 14th in the Sunshine Millions Dash at Gulfstream Park as a colt. Dibona took Actin Good out of training to geld him and brought him back slowly. He is unbeaten since his return.
“I always thought he was one of the top 3-year-olds,” said Dibona. “He was having problems and mentally just couldn’t get it right, so I gelded him and he just really settled down and got all business-like. It was all by design, and he just showed the kind of horse he is – I always knew I had a very good one. We loved him all week; I really thought I was gonna win this race.”
Actin Good returned $23.80, $9.80, and $4.60 to win. Now A Victor, under Ramon Dominguez, paid $4.20 and $2.80 to place, while Slew’s Tizzy brought $3 to show. Helsinki and Bwana Bull rounded out the order of finish.
A 3-year-old bred in Florida by Johnson Hollow Farm by Yes It’s True out of the Colonial Affair mare Hollow Design, Actin Good now has a 3-2-2 record from nine starts. The Pegasus was his first graded win.