Crash Course (5) passes Unite's Big Red, obscured behind Crash Course, and Eltawaasul, right,  to win the Mac Diarmida Handicap.

Crash Course (5) passes Unite's Big Red, obscured behind Crash Course, and Eltawaasul, right, to win the Mac Diarmida Handicap.

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Crash Course Drives to Mac Diarmida Victory

Crash Course rallied to win Sunday in the $100,000, grade III Mac Diarmida Handicap for older horses.

Crash Course, ridden by jockey Jerry Bailey, finished a half length ahead of Unite's Big Red, a 28-1 shot.

Crash Course ran 1 3/8 miles in 2:16.2 and paid $7.60, $5 and $3.60. Unite's Big Red paid $18.40 and $9. Eltawaasul paid $6.40 to show.

Crash Course moved into third place nearing the sixteenth pole on the outside and took the lead. Unite's Big Red won the photo over Eltawaasul.

Profit Option, seventh with three-eighths of a mile to run, finished fourth after starting in last place in a field of 12.

Crash Course, owned and bred by J. Mack Robinson, is a 6-year-old gelded son of Holy Bull. He has won seven of 26 starts, with all of the victories on grass. Trained by Warren A. Croll Jr., Crash Course has earned $401,275.

Winless in 2000, Crash Course won three of 11 starts last year and was in the money nine times, earning $213,880. His lone stakes victory in 2001 was the grade III Cliff Hanger Handicap at Meadowlands.

(Chart, Equibase)