09/05/2007 11:00PM

Georgie Boy takes Del Mar Futurity


DEL MAR, Calif. -- Hey there, Georgie Boy.

Georgie Boy ($13.60) knifed between horses at two critical points from the quarter pole to the wire and proved best in a six-horse finish to take a thrilling renewal of the Grade 1, $250,000 Del Mar Futurity for 2-year-olds before 17,069 on the track's closing day Wednesday.

Georgie Boy beat Salute the Sarge by a half-length, with favored Drill Down another nose back in third. Leonides, Dixie Chatter, and Kanan Dune were right there, too, in a roughly run race that found the first six finishers separated by less than two lengths.

Under jockey Garrett Gomez, Georgie Boy was timed in 1:25.34 for seven furlongs on Polytrack. His trainer, Kathy Walsh, became the first female trainer to win the Del Mar Futurity.

Georgie Boy, a California-bred gelding by Tribal Rule, was bred and is owned by his namesake, George Schwary. He has won twice in five starts, his previous victory coming against Cal-breds in the Graduation Stakes here on July 25. He had most recently finished second to Salute the Sarge in the Best Pal Stakes on Aug. 12.

Georgie Boy was 12th in the 13-horse field down the backstretch, then Gomez had to pick his way through traffic at the quarter pole and at midstretch. Both times, he got through, and then Georgie Boy finished with a rush in the final furlong.

"He's a big colt," Gomez said. "I tried to get him into a nice, smooth rhythm."

Good Man Dan and Whatever Whenever led early and then faded, but there were several horses clumped together behind them, crying for room from the half-mile pole to the top of the stretch. Salute the Sarge had nowhere to go around the turn, got beat to a spot by Drill Down turning into the stretch, then wheeled out and finished with courage between horses, only to get nailed late by Georgie Boy. It was his first loss after three wins.

Drill Down also did not have a clear run until late, and went evenly in the final yards while hugging the rail.

The futurity was the last of three stakes run on Wednesday's card.

* Theverythoughtof U knifed between horses in upper stretch, caught pacesetter Sindy With an S inside the sixteenth pole, and pulled away to score a one-length victory in the $97,960 CERF Handicap for female sprinters. Sindy With an S finished 1 3/4 lengths in front of third-place Sophie's Trophy. Joe Talamo rode Theverythoughtof U, who was timed in 1:11.75 for six furlongs on Polytrack.

Theverythoughtof U ($7.60), the favorite, had finished third in the A Gleam Handicap at Hollywood Park in her last start July 6. She has now won three times in seven starts for trainer Ron Ellis. Theverythoughtof U, 4, is a homebred daughter of Unbridled's Song who races for Mace and Samantha Siegel's Jay Em Ess Stable.

* Double Action ($15.60), a 3-year-old facing five elders, nosed out favored Relato Del Gato after a spirited stretch-long duel to take the $90,890 Pirate's Bounty Handicap, a restricted stake for sprinters. Fly Dorcego was another half-length back in third.

Double Action, ridden by Michael Baze, completed six furlongs on Polytrack in 1:12.04 for his fifth win in 14 starts. Jerry Hollendorfer trains Double Action, a colt by Double Honor, for a partnership headed by Jim Ford.