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Edgar Prado and Graydar return after winning the 2013 Kelso Handicap
The $400,000 Kelso Handicap (G2) is a "Win and You're In" qualifier for the Breeders' Cup Dirt Mile (G1), but is also a potential Classic (G1) prep. A field of 7 older horses contested this 1 mile trip around 1 turn of Belmont Park's main track, with Graydar sent off as the 9-10 favorite off wins in the Donn Handicap (G1) and New Orleans Handicap (G2). In to challenge him included the Robert LaPenta two horse-entry of Mountainview Handicap winner Easter Gift and Forego (G1) runner-up Jackson Bend, and 5-1 third choice Souper Speedy, an allowance winner after finishing fourth in the James Marvin (G3).
Graydar leads down the stretch.
Check out the other races on the card: Jockey Club Gold Cup, Joe Hirsch Turf Classic Invitational, The Beldame, The Vosburgh, and The Flower Bowl Invitational.
# Horse Jockey Win Place Show 2 Graydar Prado 3.80 3.10 2.30 6 Brujo de Olleros Garcia 7.80 6.20 4 Hymn Book Velazquez 3.50 Winning Time: 1:34.08 $2 Exacta 2-6 35.40 $2 Trifecta 2-6-4 147.00Results Chart
Left: Graydar in the winner's circle. Winning trainer Todd Pletcher said, "We were hoping for that type of performance, but any time you haven't run since March you're always concerned. He didn't break super sharp, but Edgar was able to get into the position we wanted to be in, and the fractions were reasonable. He was able to hold off some challenges. It was good. We're going to the Breeders' Cup but I don't know that we've decided (the Classic or the Mile). Even though they came to him, they never really got by him. He was still in front the 1/8 after the finish line and galloped out a pretty decent 1 1/4. I think we got, enough so that if he trains accordingly, he might be able to (go the Classic distance)."
Right: Graydar returns after the race. Jockey Edgar Prado said, "He broke a little slow, and then I put him in the race. After that, he was pretty much in command. When the runner-up came alongside him, he picked it up and he finished strong."
Left: Second place finisher Brujo de Olleros. Jockey Alan Garcia said, "I'm very happy with the way he ran. Turning for home, I thought I was home free, but I didn't have any excuse. Second best."
Right: Third place finisher Hymn Book. The 6-1 shot raced fifth early under jockey John Velazquez, then rallied late to get third beaten just 1 length. The Shug McGaughey trainee improved his record to 8 wins, 8 seconds, and 2 thirds in 25 starts, earning $966,448 for owner-breeder Stuart S. Janney III.
Check out the other races on the card: Jockey Club Gold Cup, The Beldame, Joe Hirsch Turf Classic Invitational, The Vosburgh, and The Flower Bowl Invitational.
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