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Wall Street Wonder wires Paumonok

It was a bear-filled week in the stock market, but Stetson Stables’ Wall Street Wonder sounded a bullish note by capturing the 102nd running of the $65,000 Paumonok Saturday afternoon at Aqueduct Racetrack.


Breaking from post position No. 2 beneath jockey Channing Hill, Wall Street Wonder outsprinted odds-on favorite Driven by Success to the lead, setting quick early fractions of 22.72 and 45.44 seconds.


Around the far turn, Driven by Success began to drop back and Wall Street Wonder opened up a clear lead on the field.  With only minor encouragement through the stretch, the 4-year-old son of City Place cruised to an 8½-length win.


The final time for the six furlongs was 1:09.40, making the Paumonok the fastest race at that distance since racing began on the inner track on December 2.


“The way he jumped out of the gate, it looked like he took the lead very easily,” trainer John Terranova said by phone from Florida.  “We knew the horse was up to running against these types of horses today, but he kind of blew our minds.”


It was the second consecutive inner track win for Wall Street Wonder since joining Terranova’s barn after having been trained by Bob Baffert and campaigning primarily on turf.


“He’s a really nice horse, and I think getting on the dirt has really helped him,” Hill said.  “I knew as soon as we had Driven by Success outrun that my horse was going to be real tough to beat.”


Despite some traffic trouble at the break, Mt. Glittermore finished second, a length in front of longshot Shoptate in third.  Driven by Success, sent off at odds of 3-4, finished fifth in the six-horse field.


“His style is to be in front by himself,” said Mike Luzzi, aboard the beaten favorite.  “But the other horse [Wall Street Wonder] outran him to the lead.”


The Paumonok was Wall Street Wonder’s first career stakes win.  With the victory, he increased his lifetime record to 3-1-4 from 12 career starts and upped his earnings to $156,341.


Sent off as the 2.65-1 second choice in the wagering, Wall Street Wonder paid $7.30 for a $2 win bet.




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