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Colonial Turf Cup: London Lane connects at 50-1
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,
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.
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.
Wouldnt have been 50-1 if you could handicap him, thats what makes this game fun? (and sometimes worth pushing the all button)
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.
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!
vamos karamanooooooooooss!!! 50 to 1!!!!!!
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.
THIS IS WHAT I WAS TALKING ABOUT AFTER THE TRIPLE CROWN RACES YOU HAVE THE LONGEST SHOT ON THE BOARD WIN THIS GRADE 2 RACE AND IT MAKES NO SENSE TO GO TO THE RACES ANYMORE AS THIS IS EXACTLY WHAT HAS RUINED THE SPORT LONGSHOT AFTER LONGSHOT WHAT A JOKE HORSE RACING IS DEAD AND WILL NEVER RETURN TO THE GLORY YEARS OF PAST