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Handsome Mike, Havelock Win Stakes Races

Reddam Racing’s Handsome Mike and Silverton Hill’s Havelock posted Grade 3 victories with triumphs in the 27th running of the $175,000 Commonwealth Stakes and the 17th running of the $100,000 Shakertown Stakes, respectively.

In the Commonwealth, Handsome Mike put away a stubborn Gantry in deep stretch to prevail by 1¼ lengths. Handsome Mike completed seven furlongs on the main track in 1:23.14 and earned $108,500 to boost his career earnings to $880,530 with a record of 16-3-1-1.

Trained by Doug O’Neill and ridden by Mario Gutierrez, Handsome Mike and Gantry led the field of five through fractions of :23.22 and :46.31. The two leaders turned into the stretch as a team with Handsome Mike slowly pulling clear to give Gutierrez his first Keeneland victory.

A four-year-old Kentucky-bred son of Scat Daddy out of the Smart Strike mare Classic Strike, Handsome Mike posted his first victory since winning the 2012 Pennsylvania Derby (G2).

Handsome Mike returned $9.40, $4.40 and $2.80. Gantry, ridden by Richard Eramia, returned $4.20 and $2.80 with Candyman E, who finished 1½ lengths back under Joe Bravo, returning $2.80. Bind and Bernie the Maestro completed the field in order.

In the Shakertown, Havelock found room next to the rail and rallied through a small opening to get up in time to edge Something Extra by a nose in a blanket finish in which the first five finishers were separated by less than a length.

Havelock, a six-year-old Maryland homebred son of Great Notion out of the Spectacular Love mare Pinoneach (NZ), covered 5½ furlongs on a firm turf course in 1:03.02 to earn $60,000. Winner of the 2011 Woodford Stakes (G3) here in 2011, Havelock improved his record to 21-8-0-3 and boosted his earnings to $525,491.

Perfect Officer and Berlino Di Tiger (BRZ) led the field of nine through an opening quarter-mile in :21.75 with Havelock at the rear of the field. The leaders remained unchanged at the head of the stretch with a number of challengers stacking up on their flanks.

Gomez waited until midstretch before diving toward the rail, squeezing through and striking the front a few yards from the wire. It was the second Shakertown victory for Gomez, who won the race in 2006 with Atticus Kristy.

Havelock returned $18.60, $7.80 and $4.80. Something Extra, ridden by Julien Leparoux, returned $4 and $2.60 with defending race champion Perfect Officer finishing third, a head back under Javier Castellano, and paying $3 to show.

Finishing a neck back in fourth was Canuletmedowneasy, who was followed in order by Next Question, Hogy, Regally Ready, Berlino Di Tiger and China.

 

 

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more success for the trainer for the common man doug oneill. i hope the peoples champ is victorious in may. plus its nice to see handsome mike shake off his struggles

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