The millionaire sprinter Fabulous Strike made a successful
return from 18 months on the sidelines Saturday night, winning a
six-furlong allowance worth $42,560 at his home track, Penn National Race Course.
Racing over a sloppy track, the 8-year-old Fabulous Strike
($3.60) was kept about two paths off the rail by jockey Dana Whitney,
setting fractions of 22.08 and 44.58 seconds while leading by a length
over Peppi Knows, a 4-year-old who last year won the Whirlaway at
Aqueduct and was the runner-up in the Grade 2 Remsen in 2009.
Whitney began urging his mount with multiple right-handed taps
of the whip inside the eighth pole and Fabulous Strike was hard-ridden
to the wire to prevail by two lengths while completing the six furlongs
in 1:09.53. Peppi Knows, the 2-1 second choice in a field of five older
sprinters, held second by a neck over Wink At the Girls.