06/11/2016 5:30PM

Dubacious captures turf debut in Sydney Gendelman Memorial Handicap


Dubacious, making his turf debut after 16 starts on dirt, rolled to a front-running victory in Saturday’s $75,000 Sydney Gendelman Memorial Handicap for Ohio-breds at Belterra Park.

It was the first win for the 5-year-old Dubacious ($7.40), a son of E Dubai owned by Looch Racing Stables, since he captured the 1 1/4-mile Best of Ohio Endurance six starts ago in October. Overall, he is now 6 for 17 lifetime with earnings of $259,193.

Stretching out to 1 1/16 miles following a pair of six-furlong sprints to begin his campaign, Dubacious was three lengths in front under Jake Radosevich after an opening half-mile in 48.28 seconds and was still 2 1/2 lengths clear of runner-up Silver Tongued with a furlong remaining. Silver Tongued, winner of the allowance prep for the Gendelman three weeks ago and the 2-1 co-favorite on Saturday, cut into the margin in deep stretch, but had to settle for second, 1 1/4 lengths behind the winner. The 11-year-old Shakeyogroovething finished third at 33-1, 3 1/2 lengths behind the runner-up. The winning time over a course rated yielding was 1:43.34.

Trainer Jeff Radosevich also won the Green Carpet Stakes on Belterra’s turf with the 3-year-old Linda’s Luck on May 29. Bucket Beat, the co-winner of the Green Carpet for 3-year-olds, was a disappointment Saturday stepping up to challenge his elders, finishing seventh of nine as the 2-1 co-favorite.