Blue Burner is trained by Bill Mott and was ridden to victory by Jerry Bailey. Blue Burner completed the distance in 1:45.91 and paid $6 as the 2-1 second choice. (Charts, Equibase)
Maybry's Boy closed from seventh-place to win the $100,000 Spectacular Bid Stakes (gr. III) on opening day of the 2002 Gulfstream Park meeting.Maybry's Boy saved ground while racing towards the rear of a tightly bunched then swept wide into the stretch en route to the 1 1/4-length victory over Showmeitall. Harmony Hall was another 3 1/4 lengths back in third, followed by Royal Lad, Handsome Hunk, Mr. Kipp, Bog Hunter, and How About My Place.Under John Velazquez, Randy Hill's Maybry's Boy (Broad Brush--Aly's Conquest, by Alydar) completed the six furlongs in 1:12.19 on a good track. The Claude "Shug" McGaughey-trained 3-year-old colt earned $60,000 for his second career win from six starts. He was bred in Kentucky by John Franks and Jonabell Farm. He was purchased for $220,000 at the 2000 Keeneland September Yearling Sale.Sent off as the 8-5 favorite, Maybry's Boy returned $5.20, $3.60, and $3. Showmeitall paid $8 and $5.80 and completed the $33.60 exacta. Harmony Hall was worth $4.40 to show.The Spectacular Bid is the first race in the Florida Derby series of races for 3-year-olds with Triple Crown aspirations.McGauhey said Maybry's Boy will make his next start in the $150,000 Hutcheson Stakes (gr. II) at seven furlongs on Feb. 2."He ran the way I thought he'd run except at the start. He broke out at the start and John (jockey John Velazquez) said he almost dropped him," McGaughey said. "But he rallied outside of horses the way I wanted and he finished well. He's still a little green but is learning how to run and he's coming along. He'll run in the Hutcheson in his next start."One race earlier on the card, another 3-year-old out of an Alydar mare earned a victory in a mile and 70 yard allowance race. Blue Burner, a Kinsman Stable homebred son of French Deputy closed from last after a rough start to win by a half-length over Thiscannonsloaded. Favored Sneaker Mike finished third.