05/19/2012 6:41PM

Arlington Park: Havelock upsets Hanshin Cup

Four Footed Fotos
From left, Havelock edges Lonesome Street and Scotus in the Hanshin Cup.

ARLINGTON HEIGHTS, Ill. – Five-year-old Havelock has mainly been a turf sprinter during a successful 17-race career, but he expanded his horizons Saturday at Arlington Park, coming out on top of a three-horse blanket finish in the Grade 3, $150,000 Hanshin Cup, a one-turn Polytrack mile.

Last of nine a half-mile into the race, Havelock rallied steadily under Florent Geroux, coming outside 2-1 favorite Lonesome Street and rail-skimming second-choice Scotus to get up just before the finish line. Havelock won by a neck, with Lonesome Street another neck in front of Scotus. Farther back came San Antone, Taptowne, Gleam of Hope, Ioya Bigtime, Fast Alex, and Free Fighter. Havelock paid $19.60 to win and was timed in 1:37.10.

Havelock was bred and is owned by the Silverton Hill Farm of Tommy and Bonnie Hamilton, who also raced Havelock’s sire, Great Notion. Trained by Darrin Miller, Havelock had made 11 of his 17 career starts before Saturday’s race on turf, the surface on which five of his six wins had come. But Havelock had won once before on a synthetic surface and was third in the 2011 Hanshin.

“They told me the race was kind of far for him, so the key was to get perfect timing,” said Geroux, who rode Havelock for the first time.

Lonesome Street won the Grade 2 Commonwealth Stakes at Keeneland last month with an effective rally from off the pace, but with no one particularly interested in leading the Hanshin, Lonesome Street and James Graham took the lead before the turn and had opened up a two and one-half length lead at the stretch call. Scotus came through nicely along the rail, but it was Havelock on the outside who nailed the favorite.