MILES AHEAD proved himself to be the best in his first stakes race, the $200K Smile Sprint Invitational. The field included DIAMOND OOPS, the 8-5 favorite and Breeders' Cup contender, who had narrowly beat MILES AHEAD in their last meeting.
Piloted by jockey Victor Espinoza, the colt broke alertly, stalking the early pace set by WILLY BOI and SHIVAREE. Joining the leaders as they came into stretch, CHANCE IT made a late bid but MILES AHEAD too the win. CHANCE IT didn't have enough gas and DIAMOND OOPS lost ground in the stretch, the pair finishing second and third respectively.
MILES AHEAD, a former claimer, is owned by David Melivin, Leon Ellman and Laurie Plesa. He is trained by Eddie Plesa Jr. He covered the six furlongs with a final time of 1:09.61. Plesa paid $175,000 for him as a two-year-old and believes him to be a late bloomer. "I worked him and he never showed anything. I put him on the turf and he got beat by 30 lengths. I dropped him in for $12,500 and he won by the length of the stretch. He's been an over-achiever since then," he says.
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