Richard Santulli’s Straight Story, at 38-1 the longest price in a 10-horse field, made his synthetic surface debut a winning one when he captured the $150,000 Autumn Stakes (Can-II) at Woodbine Nov. 12 (VIDEO).
Straight Story, a 5-year-old Giant's Causeway horse out of the Lear Fan mare Eventail, was bred in New York by Gallagher’s Stud. He won the grade III Fort Marcy Stakes on the grass earlier this year at Belmont Park and then finished off the board in three consecutive turf stakes.
Trained by Alan Goldberg and ridden by Jesse Campbell, Straight Story, a confirmed front-runner on turf, wired the field in the Autumn. He pulled away late to win by 1 3/4 lengths over Pender Harbour, who had the same margin over Stunning Stag. Favored City Wolf was never involved and finished eighth.
Straight Story paid $78 to win and covered the 1 1/16 miles in 1:42.87. Straight Story has now won seven races in 22 starts.
“He broke sharp and we just let him run his own race,” Campbell said. “We thought we’d be laying second. I let him get comfortable and tried to get away at the top of the lane. I didn’t want to let somebody come to me; I wanted to open it up and try to hold on. He ran really game.”