Jul 15, 2005
Offlee Wild captures Suburban Handicap
By: SPORTS NETWORK
Elmont, NY (Sports Network) - Offlee Wild, ridden by Edgar Prado, held off
Tap Day and Pollard's Vision to win Saturday's $500,000 Suburban Handicap
at Belmont Park. The time for the 1 1/4 miles was 2:00.50.
Offlee Wild registered his second win of the year in four starts, and it was his
fourth victory in the last six races. The five-year-old made amends for a sixth
place finish in his last start in the Pimlico Special. In that race Offlee Wild was
the 2-1 favorite, but finished 23 lengths behind Eddington.
In the Suburban Handicap, lightly raced Record Buster jumped out to the lead
and led by as many as six lengths up the backstretch. Heading into the final
turn Record Buster began to tire and easily gave up the lead.
Around the turn for home Offlee Wild and Pollard's Vision moved to the front and
were one-two at the top of the stretch. Down the stretch Offlee Wild moved
passed Pollard's Vision to the lead and held off the late running Tap Day.
Offlee Wild hit the wire 1 1/4 lengths ahead of Tap Day with Pollard's Vision
third. Sir Shackleton finished fourth in the eight horse field.
Former Kentucky Derby and Preakness Stakes winner Funny Cide had another
disappointing performance. Under new jockey Jerry Bailey, Funny Cide never
got involved in the running of the race and finished sixth, 20 lengths off the winner.
Offlee Wild is owned by AZ Azalea Stables and trained by Juan Rodriguez.
Regular trainer Richard Dutrow, Jr. is serving a suspension. Offlee Wild
added $300,000 to his bankroll which now totals $968,825.
Offlee Wild returned $9.20, $4.80 and $3.60. Tap Day paid $18.80 and $7.40,
and Pollard's Vision paid $2.80 for show.
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