Pure Precision Wins Sapling Speed Duel

George Steinbrenner's Pure Precision beat favored Truman's Raider by 1 1/4 lengths in the $150,000 Sapling Stakes (gr. III) at Monmouth Park on Saturday.

Pure Precision dueled with Truman's Raider through fractions of :21.64 and :44.95 while keeping his head in front of the favored 2-year-old. Pure Precision began to draw away at the top of the stretch and expanded his lead to the wire.

Ridden by Eibar Coa, Pure Precision covered six furlongs in 1:10.82 and paid $11.20, $4.40, and $3.60. The Kinsman Stable homebred -- son of Montbrook, out of Al's Helen -- won for the third time in four starts and raised his career earnings to $156,000 with the $90,000 winner's share of the purse. John J. Tammaro III trains Pure Precision.

Truman's Raider returned $3.40 and $3. Wild Navigator paid $9.80 to show. The winning exacta combination returned $32.

Capture the Silver finished fourth, followed by Juggernaut, Vinemeister, Doc Wild, and Lil Badger. (Chart, Equibase)