05/16/2010 12:00AM

Burn Card registers $54.40 upset in Speed Stakes


LINCOLN, Neb. - Burn Card got the jump on the field after a roughly run opening quarter-mile, then was able to preserve his lead in the stretch to post a half-length upset win in Saturday's $15,000 Speed Stakes for older horses at Lincoln Race Course.

Burn Card was angled to the rail as the field left the chute of the 4 -furlong race, causing 8-5 favorite Tip Cat to steady briefly in the opening quarter-mile. Burn Card and rider Karlo Lopez then opened a two-length lead through the turn and held on late for the $54.40 upset over 14-1 First Class Brass. First Class Brass hesitated at the start, which enabled him to avoid a bumping incident leaving the gate, then rallied late up the rail to get second by a half-length over Tip Cat.

Tip Cat's rider, Jordan Olesiak filed an objection against the winner, but the stewards ruled Tip Cat was also guilty of coming out before leaving the chute to bump with the filly Noble Bandit and the original order of finish was allowed to stand.

Burn Card, trained by Bill Isburg, posted his fourth career win by completing the distance in 52.00 seconds over a fast track. He had been running in conditioned claiming company at Fonner Park this spring. Burn Card combined with First Class Brass for a 3-4 exacta worth $549.80.