Favored Grand Rapport
charged home on the outside for jockey Ramon Dominguez to collar Workin For Hops
in the final few strides, registering his first stakes victory in the $250,000 Kent Stakes (gr. IIIT) Sept. 25 by a half length over the Delaware Park turf.
Trained by Gary Contessa for owner Earle I. Mack, Grand Rapport was an
unlucky second in his most recent start, Saratoga's National Museum
Hall of Fame Stakes (gr. IIT), losing by a nose after a wide trip Aug.
Making his third start on grass and his first at Delaware, the winning son of Grand Reward
at 9-5, lagged near the back of the pack while saving ground for
Dominguez. He was angled out between horses for room on the final turn
and flew home to sweep past Workin for Hops, who had overtaken
pacesetter Stormy Lord