Jockey Edgar Prado shakes hands with trainer Bill Mott after Classic Campaign wins the Fort Lauderdale Stakes at Gulfstream Park.

Jockey Edgar Prado shakes hands with trainer Bill Mott after Classic Campaign wins the Fort Lauderdale Stakes at Gulfstream Park.

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Classic Campaign Squeezes Out Fort Lauderdale Upset

Edgar Prado guided Kinsman Stable’s homebred Classic Campaign through a tight hole in deep stretch to win the $75,000 Fort Lauderdale Stakes in an exciting upset on the Gulfstream Park lawn Saturday.

Dreadnaught was second, a neck behind the winner and a head in front of third-place Saint Stephen, the 3-1 favorite who finished a head to the good of 58-1 Kiss the Kid, the pacemaker. The winning time was 1:40 for the 1 1/16-mile test on firm going.

The winner, a 5-year-old Rahy gelding trained by Bill Mott, paid $15.80, $8.20, and $5.20 for his sixth win in 19 starts. The chestnut, fifth in the Tropical Turf Handicap (gr. III) at Calder Dec. 2, has banked $281,495.

Settled near the rear of the pack, Classic Campaign was steadied behind the front-runners at the head of the stretch and rallied strongly while squeezing between Dreadnaught and Saint Stephen in deep stretch for Prado, who made it back-to-back stakes wins after driving Kelly's Landing to victory in the Mr. Prospector (gr. III) one race earlier.

Dreadnaught, the 7-year-old gelding ridden by Jean-Luc Samyn, returned $9.80 and $5.60. Saint Stephen, who won the Native Diver Handicap (gr. III) on Hollywood Park's Cushion Track Dec. 10, overcame a bad post Saturday to run a strong race with John Velazquez aboard. He paid $3.60.

Kiss the Kid was followed Gin and Sin, Ballast, Interpatation, Minister's Joy, Giant Wrecker, Old Dodge, and Ecclesiastic.

Prince Alphie scratched.

(Chart: Equibase)