Wishful Splendor Splashes Home in Suwannee River

Wishful Splendor drew even with favored May Gator at the sixteenth pole

Wishful Splendor drew even with favored May Gator at the sixteenth pole and won going away by 1 1/4 lengths in Saturday's $100,000 Suwannee River Handicap, which was switched from the turf to the Gulfstream Park main track due to heavy showers.

Mymich finished third in a field of five, 2 3/4 lengths behind May Gator.

Wishful Splendor, with Jose Santos aboard for trainer Sal Russo, ran the 1 1/8-mile distance in 1:54 4/5 on sloppy going and paid $17.20, $5.20 and $2.80. May Gator paid $3.20 and $2.60. Mymich was $3 to show.

Her first stakes victory was worth $60,000 to owner John H. Manganaro Jr. Wishful Splendor, a 5-year-old mare by Smart Strike, improved to 5-7-3 in 22 lifetime starts with earnings of $271,125. JMJ Stables Corp. bred the chestnut in Kentucky.

Seven horses – New Economy, Approach, Changing World, Mystery Itself, Madeira Mist, Sixty Seconds and Something Ventured – were scratched.

(Chart, Equibase)