Thursday, July 10, 2008
Result: A Nice Heir to the (Bird)Stone
Heir to the Stone went off at 4-1, got an outstanding break from the gate, battled 3-5 Smokin Hero through early fractions of 22.54 and 45.25, then strongly pulled away in the stretch to win by nearly 6 lengths in 1:02.78 for the 5-1/2 furlongs. Smokin Hero finished second well ahead of Paramedic, followed by Bitabiz, Purple Eagle and (way, way back) The Cuff Shooter. Heir to the Stone paid $10.60 win, but the exotics were short-priced with the favorite in second--$19.80 exacta and $54.00 trifecta.