Fitzhugh LLC’s Dynamic Strike
rallied to win the $80,000 Miracle Wood Stakes, the feature offering on this sun
lit afternoon at Laurel Park.
Ridden by Forrest Boyce and trained by Richard Small, the
lightly raced son of Smart Strike stalked the pace before closing five wide
down the stretch, just inside of Where’s Dominic, and battled that one to
the 1/16th pole before edging away to win by a length. Lunar Rock rallied
furiously up the rail to take third. Post time favorite Vegas No Show was able
to save ground early but could finish no closer than fifth.
In his two previous starts, Dynamic Strike had posted victories
after battling for the lead. Now three for four lifetime, this is his first
added money score.
“The race set up good,” said Boyce. “He’s
been going to the lead and this was our chance to find out if he could do it
another way. He dug in against that other horse and he did it pretty well.”
Dynamic Strike paid $7.80.
Small’s other starter in the Miracle Wood, Alpha Mike
Foxtrot, fell in deep stretch and had to be humanely euthanized. His rider,
Jozbin Santana, was not hurt.
Turning for home, a gaping hole opened in front of Go Money
Go and apprentice Natasha Coddington. They took advantage of their luck and galloped
right through, marking the first win for the 20-year old apprentice from
Coddington said, “I’ve been race riding about
two months. I’m just freelancing right now and hoping to do my best.”