A 'Klassic winner in Drake Stakes
FARMINGTON – Dismissed as the longest shot on the toteboard, Yaneth Cabrera's Klassic Strawfly scored a dominating one-and-one-half length victory in the $33,800 Jimmy Drake Stakes in front of a crowd of nearly 1,000 fans today at SunRay Park and Casino.
Ridden to victory by Alejandro Medellin, the hard-knocking 10-year-old broke alertly from the gate and drew clear of his nearest rival in a fast final time of 19.18 seconds for 400-yard race.
Trained by Ron Stephens, who saddled two other winners in today's program, Klassic Strawfly has been a model of efficiency on the track throughout much of his career. The win marked the 12th time from 89 career starts he's wound up in the winner's circle. The lion's share of the purse money pads his career bankroll to nearly $400,000.
Klassic Strawfly, sent off at odds of 21.90-to-1, is a four-time winner over this course and has now won twice in three starts this year. His last win came on March 18 at Sunland Park. His victory in the Drake Stakes more than made up for the eighth-place finish he recorded in the Drake last summer.
Winning backers of Klassic Strawfly were rewarded with a $45.80 return on their $2 investment.
JJs Fast Cash RF was a non-threatening second in the Drake and finished nearly a length in front of Downwiththequickness in third.
Morning-line and post-time favorite Major Moonflash might have lost all chances before the start of the race when he acted up in the starting gate.
Trained by Jill Giles for owners Pierre and Leslie Amestoy, Major Moonflash was sent off as the 9-to-10 favorite and never threatened, finishing fifth and beating only one horse across the wire under Martin Bourdieu.
Racing resumes Saturday at SunRay Park and Casino with a mixed breed program that has a first post time of 1:15 p.m.
Steve Bortstein hosts "First Sports" and "The Fast Track" on Fox Sports 1340 AM and 93.9 FM and on iHeartRadio. He serves as paddock show host at SunRay Park & Casino and is a voting member of the National Thoroughbred Racing Association.