Wolfe Racing LLC and Hugh H. Robertson's TWO EMMYS, at odds of 27-1, took the field gate-to-wire in Saturday's $600K Mister D Stakes (G1) at Arlington Park.
The chestnut gelding by ENGLISH CHANNEL held on to win by a neck after lulling the field with soft opening fractions.
"I knew he would go that far, but they let him go a really soft pace and he's a tough horse," said winning trainer and owner Hugh Robertson. (TDN)
With jockey James Graham aboard, TWO EMMYS broke out on top and immediately secured the lead, setting fractions of :26.12 and :52.43 for opening quarters. It was a crawling pace for the ten furlong journey, and positions remained unchanged through the backstretch.
With four furlongs to go, TWO EMMYS proceeded to gallop strongly into the stretch, kicking away to a three-length advantage.
DOMESTIC SPENDING launched his rally from the back, with 39-1 shot GLYNN COUNTY tailing him. But TWO EMMYS had too much in the tank to concede the lead; he stormed home and held off the late charge by DOMESTIC SPENDING to win by a neck. GLYNN COUNTY got up for third. The final time for the one mile and one-quarter distance was 2:03.34.
TWO EMMYS paid $56.20 to win, $9.80 to place, and $5.80 to show. He is by ENGLISH CHANNEL out of MISS EMMY by BUDDHA. He improves his record to 4 wins and 7 seconds from 16 starts, pushes his earnings to $545,708, and achieves a new top speed figure to shoe.
"When I didn't see anyone behind me at the quarter pole, I knew they would really have to run to catch me. He's shown he can do it before and he did it today." said winning rider James Graham. (TDN)
Source: Equibase, Alan Carasso, ThroughbredDailyNews