08/12/2017 7:33PM

Dewey (23-1) rallies for upset in Arapahoe Park Classic

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Dewey paid $49.20 in winning the Arapahoe Park Classic on Saturday.

Dewey pulled a 23-1 upset in the $30,000 Arapahoe Park Classic on Saturday when he rallied for a 2 1/4-length win over C C Express.

Jessica’s Star, the favorite and pacesetter, finished another two lengths back in third. The stakes was one of two on the card for Thoroughbreds. Twisted Regan won the $40,000 Spicy for fillies and mares bred in Colorado.

Dewey ($49.20) was moving into open company for the Classic after finishing fourth in the $43,000 Mount Elbert last month at Arapahoe. He stalked the pace set by Jessica’s Star, who put up fractions of 23.80 seconds for the opening quarter, 47.71 for the half-mile and 1:12.70 for six furlongs. The eventual winner advanced three wide on the final turn and put in a determined stretch bid while covering the 1 1/8 miles on a fast track in 1:51.65.

Carl Williams was aboard Dewey for trainer Russell Vicchrilli. The horse is a son of Pleasantly Perfect and was bred in Colorado by owner Willard Burbach. The win was the first in a stakes for Dewey. It was also Vicchrilli’s first stakes victory as a trainer, according to Daily Racing Form records. The former jockey won his first race as a trainer in June at Arapahoe.

Twisted Regan ($13.40) stalked and went on to a 3 1/4-length win over A J’s Grand in the Spicy as 2-5 favorite Galactic Princess finished sixth while meeting older rivals. Twisted Regan, a daughter of Oliver’s Twist, covered the 1 1/16 miles in 1:47. Karlo Lopez was aboard for David Robertson Jr., and co-owner and trainer Kenneth Gleason.