Golden Dome Stable's 14-1 shot Spruce Run collared favored Fort Prado in deep stretch and prevailed by a neck to take the $150,000 Robert F. Carey Memorial Handicap (gr. IIIT) on the Hawthorne turf Saturday.
The 7-year-old Spruce Run won for the second time since teamed with jockey Rex Stokes III, completing the distance in 1:39 4/5 on a course listed as "good" but slowed by heavy rain earlier. Linda Rice trains the winner.
Team Block's Fort Prado, who turned in a powerful move on the outside to grab the lead in mid-stretch under Eusebio Razo Jr., finished two lengths in front of the stretch-running Remind and Brice Blanc. Fort Prado carried top weight of 121 pounds, six more than the winner.
Stokes had Spruce Run, who won the one-mile Labor Day on the Mountaineer Park turf Sept. 5 by two lengths, saving ground while racing in third behind the pacesetting Old Deuteronomy (:24 2/5, :49 1/5, 1:14 2/5). In the stretch, the Kentucky bred Repriced
horse angled off the rail, split foes, and outran Fort Prado, who was on his outside, in the dash for the wire. Fort Prado was last after a half-mile and closed with a flourish to grab the lead. He was drawing clear before Spruce Run geared up for his big rally.
Spruce Run's ninth win in 45 starts was worth $90,000 and pushed his career earnings to $540,698.
He paid $31, $12.20, and $6.80. Fort Prado, who went favored at 8-5, returned $3.60 and $3. Remind's show was $3.
Wimplestiltskin ran fourth, followed by G P Fleet, Old Deuteronomy, Major Rhythm, Gondolieri, and Just See James.
)Indian Maid Breeders' Cup Handicap
The Bill Mott-trained Noisette rallied late for Brice Blanc to capture the $171,500 Indian Maid Breeders' Cup Handicap by one length over 8-5 favorite Sister Swank.
The pacesetting Samantha B finished third in the 1 1/16-mile turf event for fillies and mares. The final time was 1:48 35.
Noisette, a 5-year-old daughter of Broad Brush, earned $102,900 for owner Haras Santa Maria de Araras Julio R. Bozano. The second choice in the field of six, Noisette paid $6.20, $2.80, and $2.40. Sister Swank returned $2.60 and $2.20. Samantha B paid $4.20 to show.