Havelock Gets Up for Hanshin Cup Upset
Date Posted: 5/19/2012 8:26:35 PM
Last Updated: 5/22/2012 11:12:57 AM

Havelock comes on late to win the Hanshin Cup.
Photo: Four Footed Fotos

With a well-timed ride by jockey Florent Geroux, Silverton Hills’ Maryland homebred Havelock got up in the final strides to overtake favored Lonesome Street to win the $150,000 Hanshin Cup (gr. III) by a neck May 19 at Arlington Park. (VIDEO

The Darrin Miller-trained gelded son of Great Notion   was sent off at odds of nearly 9-1. Last in the field of nine after four furlongs, he raced four wide into the stretch while covering the mile over Polytrack in 1:37.10.

“They (the connections) told me the race today was kind of far for him so the key was to get perfect timing,” Geroux said. “He broke pretty sharp, and we stayed just behind the first flight. I didn’t want to go five wide the whole way so I took him inside on the turn to try to save ground. I had enough horse in the turn but I didn’t want to make the lead too soon. The mile is about as far as he can go. I tried to have good timing to get there.”

Lonesome Street, the 2-1 betting choice, grabbed the lead right from the start and took the field of nine through easy fractions of :24.12, :47.80, 1:12.09, and 1:24.29. But he was unable to hold off the winner approaching the wire.

“My horse ran a great race but the other horse just came and got him,” said James Graham, who rode the runner-up.

Scotus rallied from mid-pack to get up for third with Manoel Cruz aboard. 

The Hanshin Cup was the first win in three starts this year for Havelock who finished third in this race last year before going on to capture the $100,000 Arlington Sprint and the Grade II Play the King on the turf. The 5-year-old, who is out of the Spectacular Love mare Piconeach, earned $86,400 for the victory to push his bankroll to $361,129.

He paid $19.60, $8, and $4.40. Lonesome Street returned $3.40 and $2.60. Scotus paid $3.20.

San Antone, Taptowne, Gleam of Hope, Ioya Bigtime, Fast Alex, and Free Fighter completed the order of finish.



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