Last Gunfighter survived a showdown with Isn’t He Perfect and
Arlo to win Saturday’s $75,000 Evening Attire at Aqueduct Racetrack and
in four starts since being transferred to trainer Chad Brown.
After racing off the pace in third around the clubhouse turn,
Last Gunfighter moved up along the backstretch to engage Arlo in second,
racing one length behind the leader
through an opening half-mile in 49.07 seconds. Jockey Irad Ortiz, Jr.
began to scrub Last Gunfighter in the run into the stretch, but the colt
fell back to third after Isn’t He Perfect offered a bid along the
Racing outside his rivals, Last Gunfighter commenced a final
surge in midstretch and poked his head in front with 40 yards to travel
en route to a half-length victory
over Isn’t He Perfect. It was an additional half-length back to Arlo in
Last Gunfighter, a 4-year-old John D. Gunther homebred, ran 1
1/16 miles over the inner track in 1:43.54 and returned $4 for a $2 win
wager as the even-money favorite.
“At the three-eighths pole, I started asking my horse and he was
a little lazy,” said Ortiz. “[Brown’s assistant] told me [about that]
which was good. I started moving
on him, and he switched leads and came back to me. Speed is very good
today, so I was trying to put him close and stay there. You can’t be too
far out. It was a strong finish.”
The Evening Attire was the second stakes win for Last
Gunfighter, who captured the Raymond Earl overnight stakes on December 9
on Aqueduct’s main track. His winning
streak also includes an optional claiming score on the main track in
November and a maiden victory in October at
“He was waiting for the other horses a little bit coming down
the stretch, but he kicked it in,” said Cherie DeVaux, assistant to
Brown. “It wasn’t as easy as last time,
that’s for sure, but there were some decent horses in there and they
hung in there. We’re proud of him.”
Before being transferred to Brown, Last Gunfighter was winless in four starts in
Louisiana and Arkansas.
Overall, he is 4-2-2 in eight starts, with the $45,000 winner’s share
of the Evening Attire purse lifting his earnings to $205,405.
Scotus finished fourth, a head in front of last-place finisher Burned Bridges. Brigand and Norman Asbjornson were scratched.