Proud Man stormed to the lead in the stretch and then held off a later charge to post a narrow victory in the $500,000 Franks Farms Turf that was part of Saturday's Sunshine Millions day card at Gulfstream Park.
In a testament to how tough this year' s $500,000 Franks Farms Turf has come up, Adminniestrator, who took the 2003 edition of the race, will be 15-1 when wagering opens for the unique East vs. West Showdown Saturday at Gulfstream Park and Santa Anita Park.
When entries were drawn Monday morning for the four races that will comprise the Gulfstream Park half of the Sunshine Millions, two of the events drew full 12-horse fields.
Bonnie Heath Turf Cup Handicap winner Stormy Roman will likely skip Sunday's $150,000 Appleton Handicap (gr. III), according to trainer Tim Hills, but is still very much pointing toward Sunshine Millions Day and a date in the $500,000 Franks Farms Turf January 24.
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