06/22/2013 9:47PM

Colonial Turf Cup: London Lane connects at 50-1

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Horatio Karamanos brings home London Lane to the biggest victory of his career in the Grade 2 Colonial Turf Cup.

London Lane, the longest shot in an eight-horse field, came rolling down the center of the track under Horacio Karamanos to post a $102.60 shocker in the Grade 2, $300,000 Colonial Turf Cup on Saturday night at Colonial Downs.

At 50-1, London Lane was nearly double the price of the next-longest shot in the 1 3/16-mile grass race, but he didn’t run like it. Second-last at the top of the stretch, London Lane came seven paths wide during the stretch run to get up by three-quarters of a length over Hyper, who had rallied from last to briefly lead the final furlong. Strangest of all, the front-runners all collapsed despite an early pace that was moderate at most.

It’s fair to say it was a career night for London Lane, a 6-year-old gelding bred by Sondra and Howard Bender and owned by Howard Bender: The $174,600 winner’s share of the purse was roughly $24,000 more than London Lane had earned during a 21-start career prior to Saturday. London Lane ran a couple strong races last year, and trainer Lawrence Murray fitted the Maryland-bred gelding with blinkers three starts before the Turf Cup, but it was hard to see this victory coming.

No one really wanted the early lead, with Swift Warrior on top by default through fractions of 24.57 seconds, 49.04, and 1:12.83 for the first six furlongs, and perhaps it was that quick third quarter-mile that enervated anyone anywhere near the front end. That included Air Support, the second choice who was hung wide on both turns while pressing the pace, and to a lesser extent Atigun, the surprising 3-2 favorite who stalked from the inside before getting shuffled back and caught in traffic past the five-sixteenths pole. Swift Warrior stayed on stoutly and just missed Hyper for the place, but London Lane, all 50-1 of him, had rushed past before anyone could counter. His winning time on firm turf was 1:55.94.

All Along: Channel Lady proves best

The night’s other graded stakes, the Grade 3, $100,000 All Along Stakes, was much more formful on top, with Channel Lady scoring a convincing one-length win under Javier Castellano. Trained by Todd Pletcher for owners Jake Pletcher and James Scatuorchio, Channel Lady was, surprisingly, not favored, going off as the 9-5 second choice behind 7-5 favorite Appealing Cat, paying $5.60 to win.

Channel Lady looked strong on paper in the All Along, having faced some of the top female turf horses in the country this year, and she got an assist from jockey Javier Castellano, who perfectly timed a mid-stretch move between horses, sending Channel Lady to a clear lead that she held over onrushing longshot Idle Talk. Idle Talk was two lengths better than Clare Skies Ahead, with Appealing Cat checking in fifth after a perfect pressing trip.

Channel Lady, a 4-year-old daughter of English Channel, was timed in 1:50.34 for 1 1/8 miles while winning for the fifth time in 10 starts.

Pletcher and Castellano also teamed up to win the $50,000 Da Hoss with heavily favored Hudson Steele, who had to dig in to hold off an inside rally by Hoofit. Hudson Steele ($3.40), racing for the first time since July, was up for the challenge, winning by a neck,



JoyJackson21 More than 1 year ago
I thought London Lane's win at Colonial Downs was a hoot, and highly entertaining. I was very happy for London Lane and his connections. Just because a horse is a long shot does not mean they are not talented or do not have ability. Many times, especially in stakes races, long shot horses are just accidentally overlooked by the public because the horse isn't touted by the media, or they don't have first tier trainers or have had one or two merely average races on their form. This past weekend long shots were prevailing left and right and I thought it was great! That's part of what makes racing fun and interesting to watch & participate in. What a boring sport this would be if the favorite won all of the time. Many times, the long shots have been trying very hard and giving their best and just haven't been able to put all their ducks in a row in a single race. The stars aligned for London Lane in the Colonial Turf Cup this weekend. He is a graded stakes turf winner. That's fabulous! He has shown he had good potential and he lived up to that potential this weekend. Many congratulations to London Lane on his big time win. Congratulations as well to his connections, it was a well-deserved win. And congratulations to his jockey, Horacio Karamanos, on an excellent ride. London Lane won a thrilling race. Mr. Karamanos brought out the best in London Lane.
Gustavo Garcia More than 1 year ago
Mike are you serious?? Longshot after Longshot?? This is what gives every owner every trainer a glimmer of hope to put there horses against others and know you have a shot. I guess your one of those $2 to show on the 2/5 shot. lol man I know people like you. When a 1/9 losses you jump off of windows hahahahaaa!!! I take chances with shots.
saratogajunkie More than 1 year ago
Wouldnt have been 50-1 if you could handicap him, thats what makes this game fun? (and sometimes worth pushing the all button)
Dave More than 1 year ago
This thread is hilarious. All of a sudden here come all the people who knew this horse was live, LOL. Funny how on the preview article about this race no one even mentions him. http://www.drf.com/news/colonial-downs-atigun-seeks-elusive-stakes-win-turf-cup This horse is still hard to see as a contender even in hindsight. His best race was last year in the Laurel Turf Cup where he was 8th beaten two lengths. But he hadn't won a race since God knows when. The form I have goes back 10 races to Oct 2011. Definitely looks like he would appreciate more distance, but to think this was coming against G2 field? Probably says more about Atigun, Air Support, etc than it does about London Lane.
saratogajunkie More than 1 year ago
Just like the triple crown races, alot of 100$ tri's boxed on top 3! Thanks for the laugh
Perl More than 1 year ago
I didn't play the race, and hindsight is 20/20, but jeez he looked competitive on paper and you can say with certainty that he was a huge overlay. As you point out, the favorites in this race weren't exactly world beaters.
hghvw21 . More than 1 year ago
Special K! Dont ever leave him off a ticket at Colonial folks. The higher the price the better. People you need to understand that Colonial is such a small handle track that a 50 dollar wager can shift the odds on all the field. Bet on Belmont or somewhere and you could put a thousand dollar wager on a horse and the tote board doesnt move- wake up people! Congrats Special K!
Micahdog More than 1 year ago
Yes Special K knows Colonial Downs. He was late jockey addition to Pletcher's 'other' horse in The Virginai Derby on 7-21-07. Red Giant had inside fractions of 23.5 and continued on inthe race to improve and win previous race with 23.7 final quarter. Karamanos got him home by a nose and win was $ 76 !.
Perl More than 1 year ago
I'm sure the pool in this race was slightly bigger than the normal Colonial Downs field. I think the win pool was actually $93k, which means an extra $50 on London Lane would have lowered his odds from 50.3-1 to about 49-1.
ALEJANDRO ANZA More than 1 year ago
vamos karamanooooooooooss!!! 50 to 1!!!!!!
Micahdog More than 1 year ago
Mike you need to look at inside and outside fractions. This horse figured to contend if you can read racing form and don't listen to talking heads. THis was legitiamate turf shot especially at price. Kramanos did similar with Red Giant at $ 76.00 price. Same picture. Good luck to you.
ENAMMELD More than 1 year ago
There was nothing in any race line or work to indicate this, or to indicate the pace collapse of the leaders with the slow fractions. Please point out to me how you came to this conclusion. Oh now I remember, you watched the race. To have credibility these remarks need to be posted before the race, not after.
Mark Scheider More than 1 year ago
He called his shot 11 hours prior to the race. I commented under him making a statement for the horse who took them all the way around the track to lose it within 200 yards. Micah called it. I cosigned his prediction but played him underneath. Hopefully he cashed in.
Micahdog More than 1 year ago
Thx Mark ! I cashed Win bet. I missed Pick 3 when Hoofit lost by head in 5th. I am enthusiastic non spreader in multi race wagers so only wagered a 6 with 2 with 4. Also missed Trifecta playing 6/123. I did not play exacta. So just win bet but that was good. Micah
ENAMMELD More than 1 year ago
One line from 27/2012 shows he can win, but I didn't see last race at a mile so I don't know how strong his run was. Besides I just took a quick glance at this and came up with Swift Warrior. Never liked Atigun, over rated. Legit when post before the race, nice job!
Jeanne More than 1 year ago
MicahdogNEW1 day ago # 4 London Lane 23.60 inside, 22.55 outside while going 7 wide. Karamanos bombs away at 60-1 ! :-) The above post WAS posted well before the race!!!! Too bad for me that I did not put $$ ATB!!! :( WTG Micahdog!!!!! Jeanne
Micahdog More than 1 year ago
To begin with I have the utmost respect for The Sheets, the speed players and pace figs. My numbers are no guarantee and no magic answer by any means (as the others are not). Whatever one uses pace will determine how the race. In using fractions I only play high end distance turf races, only when I guess the pace will be fast and only if I get a price. It just limits play which reduces losing opportunities. I am not an action player that just cashes tickets and wears out my shoes. So that said London Lane went 23 and 3/5ths inside last out and continued on to improve closing the last quarter in better than 22 and 3/5ths. YOu needa low final number like this because how accurate was chart caller listing 13 lengths back with 2 furlongs to go. That's just insurance taht he really di close better than 24 flat. At any rate I took a shot. The angles I use work best on real grass like Keeneland , Colonial, Churchill and NY tracks and not the California green concrete (except after heavy rains). These numbers are a little bit tenuous initially but after that easy to recignize and interpolate for different distances. Not brain surgery by any measure. I also don't play if picking any weight as it further limits my play. I don't care what the studies show that weight doesn't count. It works for me. Many losers an dlow win percentage but prices make up for that quickly. Ya gotta have patience. Been doing this 50 years ! Good luck in however you handicap !
mike gentile More than 1 year ago
Harvey Savitsky More than 1 year ago
I was running out of breath waiting for a period, or at least a comma!!! CAPS are also NOT necessary!
Jim More than 1 year ago
No, better to have a procession of underlaid favorites bet on by masters of the obvious.
Mark Scheider More than 1 year ago
Would wagering on racing be more fun if the payouts were consistently low? Also, a few of us pinned London Lane as a very live longshot so some peoples handicapping made them money on the horse. Sharpen your skills and stop complaining.
Mark Scheider More than 1 year ago
Also take a look at the Pick 4 that concluded at the end of the Turf Cup. You could have made a STRONG case for singling the horse in the first leg, at LEAST had the Pletcher/Castellano combo in the next 2 and hit the jackpot in the final leg. That was an exceptional payout for 3 grossly short races.
hghvw21 . More than 1 year ago
You dont understand racing apparantly. Special K - H.Karamanos is the best rider in Colonial Downs. You can never count him out. The price was underbet because of the idiots betting. He won the Virginia Derby a few years ago on Red Giant at 36-1. Red Giant should have been 10-1 bit the public dumped all their money on another Pletcher horse Circular Quay, who was trying grass for the first time.
Micahdog More than 1 year ago
Excelelnt recall ! Was July21st 2007 and won by nose and paid $ 76 to win Ex was $ 338.60 :-). Yup that was a nice day !
hghvw21 . More than 1 year ago
Yea Micahdog i was there that day watching the tote and wondering why special k and red giant were getting ignored. Then it dawned on me, the other pletcher horse was getting all the action had a big name jock on him. The money was just going away from red giant. I actually had a zen-like moment about 3 minutes before post time when it all became clear.
Micahdog More than 1 year ago
Zen like moments are good :-) I never mind talking about fractions angles in turf races because very few pay attention and have interest in drilling down to these important basics to identify horse ready for best try.....and if price worth a shot as with Red Giant and London Lane. The trick is limiting one's play (throwing dice fewer times). Best play of last year was 11-25-12, the Sunday after Thanksgiving at CD. River City Handicap # 10 Keep Up paid $ 62 to win. Exacta with 4-5 shot Boisterour paid $ 180.20. $.50 Tri paid $ 1,619.65. Nice $ 3,000 plus day and only bet $ 50 total :-). Micah was smiling as well friends that took shot with me. We iped the OTB out that day ! Those days make up for all those losers in between !
Eric Singer More than 1 year ago
your post makes me feel sad for you - the glory days you refer to seem to be when you were cashing tickets. if you're losing too much money, lay off for at least a bit.
Pale Rider More than 1 year ago
A lot of players only play longshots! You must have lost money betting all of the favorites.