When Friday's $109,000
was rained off the turf, the character of the race changed
considerably. Not only did it lose its Grade 3 status, pending review by the
American Graded Stakes Committee, but it also morphed into a one-turn mile on
the sloppy, sealed main track. Relishing the new Hill Prince conditions best of
all, the Michael Trombetta-trained DESPITE THE ODDS (Speightstown) rolled to a 7
1/2-length victory in a strung-out field.