Runspastum Drops Balto Star in Oceanport

Jayeff B Stable's Runspastum lived up to his name as he rallied for an upset victory in Saturday's $100,000 Oceanport Handicap at Monmouth Park to give jockey Julian Pimentel a stakes double.

Runspastum, trained by Alan Goldberg, stalked the fast early pace and rolled through the stretch to score by nearly two lengths over Balto Star. Early pacesetter Saint Verre held on for third.

Runspastum, a 6-year-old by Woodman, stopped the timer in 1:42 1/5 for the 1 1/16 mile over the fast main track. The field was reduced to six when the race was taken off the turf.

The winner paid $20.40, $7.20 and $4 across the board and combined with Balto Star for a $107 exacta.

"They told me to sit back and wait for our move," Pimentel said. "There was a lot of speed in the race and that set up real good for us. I was laying fifth most of the way and when I asked him he really took off."

(Chart, Equibase)