Photo: NYRA, Adam Coglianese
The Lumber Guy cut down a field of older sprinters in the
stretch and held off a fast-closing Caixa Eletronica to win the Grade 1,
$400,000 Vosburgh Invitational on Saturday afternoon at Belmont Park and earn a
trip to the Breeders' Cup.
two 3-year-olds among the nine Vosburgh starters, The Lumber Guy was off alertly
and settled in just behind pacesetters Poseidon's Warrior and Little Drama as
they barreled through opening fractions of 22.57 and 45.06 seconds. Launching
his bid approaching the quarter pole, The Lumber Guy grabbed the lead with a
sixteenth of a mile to go and hit the wire 1 ¼ lengths clear of Caixa
was pretty simple," said Hall of Fame jockey John Velazquez. "Mike [Hushion]
told me, "He's quick, make sure you get him out of there running, and if he's
taking you, leave him alone. "He thought he was going to finish for me, and he
Lumber Guy's winning time was 1:09.22 in the Win and You're In race for the
November 3 Breeders' Cup Sprint at Santa Anita Park, although owner Barry
Schwartz indicated the Dirt Mile was also an option.
"This is always a good time of year for
3-year-olds," said Hushion. "They've gone through that maturing. I like
3-year-olds vs. older horses this time of year. I've been telling Barry for the
past five weeks that he's been working like the real deal. We know he's got a
good mile in him from the Jerome. Time will tell. I don't think we'll be doing
any jumping to a mile and an eighth from
Lumber Guy, who was making his first start since finishing sixth in the Grade 2
Peter Pan on May 12, returned $6.20 as part of the favored 2-1 entry with
6-year-old Sean Avery, winner of the 2011 Alfred G. Vanderbilt at Saratoga Race
in New York by Schwartz, the gray Grand Slam colt
has four wins in six career starts, all this year, including the Grade 2 Jerome
in April at Aqueduct Racetrack. With the winner's purse of $240,000, The Lumber
Guy more than doubled his earnings to $465,800.
really felt going in that we were going to win today," said Schwartz. "I just
joked, The only bad thing is that we're not going to get 10, 12-1 on him." He
had a month off on my farm after the Peter Pan because he was knocked out. Mike
really took it easy getting him back, and he's just come back better than
Eletronica, at 7 the oldest horse in the race, was 1 ¾ lengths clear of
third-place finisher Poseidon's Warrior.
love the horse," said Javier Castellano, aboard the runner-up. "He's always
honest, always tries hard. He's a pro. Every time he puts in a great
Completing the order of finish were Little Drama, Sean Avery, Justin
Loudon, Zero Rate Policy,
and Rothko. Little Currier was scratched at the gate.