Justin Phillip Wins Count Fleet at Oaklawn
by Tom LaMarra
Date Posted: 4/13/2013 6:45:20 PM
Last Updated: 4/16/2013 9:38:28 AM

Justin Phillip overtakes Picko's Pride late to win the Count Fleet Sprint Handicap.
Photo: Coady Photography

Zayat Stables' Justin Phillip   rallied in the stretch to win the $250,000 Count Fleet Sprint Handicap (gr. III) at Oaklawn Park April 13 (VIDEO) .

Justin Phillip, a 5-year-old Kentucky-bred horse by First Samurai  , finished a solid fifth in last year's Xpressbet Breeders' Cup Sprint (gr. I) at Santa Anita Park, and in his last start got back in the winning groove with a handy allowance victory in his Oaklawn debut. Ricardo Santana Jr.rode Justin Phillip in his two Oaklawn races.

The Count Fleet featured an early front-end duel between previously undefeated Gentlemen's Bet and Picko's Pride through fractions of :21.68 for an opening quarter-mile and :44.65 for a half-mile on a fast track. Justin Phillip reeled in the leaders in the stretch and ran by to win in 1:09.63 for six furlongs.

Justin Phillip, who paid $4.40 to win as the favorite for trainer Steve Asmussen, won by three-quarters of a length over Picko's Pride. Gentleman's Bet finished third, two lengths behind Picko's Pride.

Justin Phillip, a 5-year-old horse out of Ava Knowsthecode, was bred in Kentucky by Overbrook Farm.



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