The winner once held the track record on the dirt for the distance at Pimlico, winning the Edmund O'Brien Stakes on May 26, 2001 in a time of .56.96. Take Achance On Me pressed the winner throughout but has now finished second 12 times in 33 career starts.(Chart, Equibase)
Longshot Governor's Pride shot to the lead and stayed in front the whole way to capture the $50,000 Ben Cohen Stakes, contested at five furlongs on the grass at Pimlico Race Course Saturday. Under jockey Joe Rocco Jr., the Housebuster gelding stopped the timer in :56.32 over the firm going. Post time favorite Take Achance On Me was unlucky loser by a nose after fighting the winner all the way. Rudirudy finished third. The final time was slightly off of the turf mark of 56.02 that was set a week ago by Go Go Baby Go in The Very One Stakes. Fans of Governor's Pride were rewarded with a generous $51.80, $16.80 and $11.40 payoff. Take Achance On Me returned $3.40 and $3. Rudirudy was $13 to show. The exacta returned $216.80, while the trifecta paid a healthy $4,014.60.