04/24/2009 11:00PM

Brickell upsets Henry Clark at $102.40


Brickell apparently can't tell the difference between modestly priced claimers and stakes horses.

Moved up substantially in class after winning four in a row for claiming prices ranging from $10,000 to $16,000, along with a $7,500 starter allowance, the 8-year-old Brickell connected for a $102.40 upset in the $75,000 Henry Clark Stakes at Pimlico.

Sent off as the longest shot in a field of 11 older turf runners, Brickell was third coming into the stretch of the one-mile race. Harry Vega, riding the horse for the first time, asked Brickell for more approaching the sixteenth pole and he outkicked the 2-1 favorite, Independent George, to win by 1 1/4 lengths, completing the distance on a fast track in 1:39.80.

Midwatch, the early pacesetter, held off Crimson Comic by a head for third.

Making his first start since October, Brickell has now won 11 of 45 lifetime on the turf. He was claimed for $10,000 by trainer Ed Maher on behalf of owner Harry Kassap last August at Laurel Park.