Direct Line upset the showcase race of the Ellis Park meet by nailing
an even pricier longshot, West Hope, in the final strides of the Grade
3, $100,000 Gardenia on Saturday.
With Tony Farina keeping her just behind front-running West
Hope throughout the one-mile Gardenia, Direct Line, an 11-1 shot,
managed a final surge in the last couple of strides to get a nose ahead
of West Hope, a 36-1 shot ridden by Greta Kuntzweiler. Choragus, at
6-1, was another three lengths back in third in the field of 10 fillies