09/04/2005 11:00PM

Finger Lakes: Classic Pack prevails


As expected, the New York Breeders' Futurity turned out to be a romp. Not by the horse everyone expected to see, however.

Classic Pack ($8.70), who won his maiden in fast time before running into the sensational First Samurai, was easily best in the $248,400 Futurity - the richest run ever run at Finger Lakes.

The six-furlong stakes became wide open when One Way Flight, who would have been odds-on, was scratched.

Sharp Humor, the 7-5 favorite, had finished a half-length ahead of Classic Rock when both faced the unbeaten First Samurai at Saratoga a month ago. First Samurai came out of that allowance race to win the Hopeful.

Sharp Humor dueled with Classic Pack for a quarter-mile, but Classic Pack, under Pablo Fragoso, sprinted clear and continued to increase his advantage. Classic Pack crossed the wire 9 1/4 lengths in front of runner-up Fly to Me, completing the six furlongs in 1:09.85.

Classic Pack is trained by Ramon Hernandez and owned by John Becker.

* Carlow ($7) held off late-charging Line Memory by a head to capture her fourth consecutive race in the $75,000 New York Oaks for 3-year-old statebred fillies.

Ridden by Joe Badamo for trainer Karl Grusmark, Carlow sat off the pace set by Brushme On and looked like she would be an easy winner by blowing past the tiring leader in deep stretch. Line Memory, badly beaten by Carlow in the six-furlong Niagara on July 4, found her best stride late and just missed at 11-1.

Racing beyond a mile for only the second time in her career, Carlow completed 1 1/16 miles in 1:45.59.