Galvaston Wires the Field in the Iselin Stakes

As the horses loaded into the starting gate today at Monmouth Park for the feature race of the day the betting public was firmly behind the 3-2 favorite in Third Rock. The weather today was perfect and the track came back fast, and the group of 5 horses were ready to get their journey started. That is right I said a group of 5 as there were 2 scratches from the race which included Foresight and Pinnacle West. When the gates were popped open all the horses came out well. A quarter mile into the race Galvaston showed that he wanted to the lead and pushed to the front along the inside with Montalcino a length off him on the outside and Spit Fire 2 lengths off the lead. At the half mile point Galvaston was looking strong on the lead running the first ½ mile in 48 seconds flat. Montalcino was still a length off this pace but Spit Fire had fallen further back and was now 3 lengths back. At the 6 furlong mark Galvaston was pulling away from the field and had opened up a 2 length lead on Montalcino who was appearing to fade. He also had a 3 length lead on Spit Fire as well, and it was a long 8 lengths back to the other horses in the race who would have to hope that they could close well in the final 3 furlongs. With 2 furlongs to go Galvaston looked to be the sure winner with the 2 horses closest to him not making up any ground and the back pair still 8 lengths back with what looked like too much work to do with too little time. In the end Galvaston just ran away from the field and beat a hard closing Third Rock by just over .6 of a second. Spit Fire ran third as he was just passed in the final stride by Third Rock. This was a very impressive gate to wire score for this 6 year old gelding for his first graded stakes win. Let’s take a look at how the race broke down and the pay outs:

Galvaston Hay Makers Inc. Lopez C C 2.50 13 1:48.09
Third Rock Nakamura Stables Castellano A Jr 1.50 2no 1:48.71
Split Fire Mb Stables Bravo J 5.80 31 1:48.72
Montalcino Alabarda Stable Saez G 8.50 41 1:49.00
Understood Emerald Racing Inc Lopez P 3.00 5 1:49.34

Track: Fast
Time: :48   1:112  1:352  1:48

$2 Mutuel Prices:

2 – Galvaston 7.00 3.10 2.20
4 – Third Rock 2.70 2.10
3 – Split Fire 2.50

$1 Exacta: 2 – 4 Paid 8.90
$1 Trifecta: 2 – 4 – 3 Paid 91.80

Scratched: Foresight(L), Pinnacle West(L)


Categories: Grade III

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