Trigger Warning, the 3-year-old who took connections for the first time this year to races such as the Travers Stakes, Pennsylvania Derby and Breeders’ Cup Dirt Mile, certainly appreciated a class break Monday.
The Michael Rone-trained son of Candy Ride edged Bobby’s Wicked One to win the $250,000 Steel Valley Sprint featured at Ohio’s Mahoning Valley Race Course.
Trigger Warning, who’s campaigned by Brinley Enterprises, broke on top and set fractions of 22.90, 45.78 and 57.95, just managing to keep a nose in front at the wire. His final time for six furlongs in the slop was 1:10.56.
Tyler Gaffalione, who rode the runner-up, claimed foul after a dueling finish to the wire with his mount outside of jockey Irwin Resendo and Trigger Warning.
“The contact was mutual and no blame could be placed solely on either rider,” said State Steward Darrel Parker.
Grade 2 winner Still Having Fun ran third, four lengths farther back, with Wyatt’s Town, the 3-1 post time favorite, fourth. Trigger Warning, off at 4-1, returned $10,60 to win in his first start since finishing seventh in the Nov. 3 Breeders’ Cup Dirt Mile at Churchill Downs.