08/21/2010 5:00PM

Be Bullish pays dividends for Englehart in Leon Reed

Stephanie Van Minos/Tom Cooley
Be Bullish, ridden by John Davila Jr., wins his first start for new trainer Chris Englehart in the Leon Reed Memorial Handicap.

Chris Englehart, the leading trainer at Finger Lakes, knew what he was doing when he risked $50,000 to claim Be Bullish at Saratoga last month.
Englehart got a quick return on his investment when the 5-year-old Be Bullish drew clear in the stretch to win Saturday’s $50,000 Leon Reed Memorial Handicap at Finger Lakes.
Sent off as the 2-1 second choice in a field of seven older New York-bred sprinters, Be Bullish ($6.40) and jockey John Davila Jr. sat in third as Wicked Climb and Pro’s Pal dueled through fractions of 21.82 and 45.11 seconds.
Be Bullish made a three-wide move at the quarter pole to take command and was 1 ¼ lengths clear at the finish. Hidden Expense, a 58-1 longshot, rallied from seventh to nose out 11-1 outsider Turnpike Token for second.
Dr. W, making his first start off a rare claim by trainer Todd Pletcher, never threatened and finished sixth as the 6-5 favorite.
In winning for the seventh time in 40 career starts, Be Bullish completed the six furlongs in 1:11.10.