"We didn't train him that hard. For an older horse, you do not need to really drill on them too much," said winning trainer Tom Voss. "Jean-Luc said that maybe he got a little tired the last eighth. He did not run him that hard anyway. There was something left there probably." (Charts, Equibase)
Jayeff B Stables' Navesink rebounded from his lone career defeat to win Sunday's $249,000 Kent Breeders' Cup Stakes (gr. IIIT) at Delaware Park. Under Ramon Dominguez, Navesink completed the 1 1/8 miles in 1:49.98 on firm turf.Navesink allowed Please Me Doc to set slow fractions, made up ground approaching the stretch, and drew off to the two-length victory over Bowman Mill. Harrisand finished third, followed by Please Me Doc, One Eyed Joker, Jocund, Reduit, Citiroyal, Art Contemporain, and Stauch.Virginia-bred Navesink (Irish River--Sailing Minstrel, by The Minstrel) began his racing career in Novemeber, defeating Bay Eagle in a Laurel Park maiden race. He next raced in May, when he won a Belmont Park allowance race and followed that with a Monmouth Park allowance victory. He returned to Belmont Park in June, finishing third in the Hill Prince Stakes (gr. IIIT). The 3-year-old colt earned $151,000 for the win, his fourth in five starts. Navesink is trained by Alan Goldberg and was bred by Lazy Lane Stables.Navesink, the 19-10 favorite, paid $5.80, $3.60, and $3. Bowman Mill returned $4.80 and $3.60 and completed the $21.80 exacta. Harrisand paid $4 to show.Earlier on the card, John's Call began his 10-year-old campaign the same way he started his 2000 season, with a victory in the $69,100 Cape Henlopen Overnight Handicap. "He does not run like a 10-year-old, maybe more like a 4- or 5-year-old," said winning rider Jean Luc Samyn. "I only wish I could be as smart as him."