Updated on 09/18/2011 12:53AM

Gigawatt rewards jockey for sticking around

Jim Lisa
Nightmare Affair, Eddie Castro up, wins the $100,000 Ponche Handicap at Calder on Saturday.

Jockey Chantal Sutherland was eager to return to New York following the conclusion of the Gulfstream Park meeting to get ready for Wednesday's opening of Belmont Park. But she decided to stay in south Florida for an extra week when trainer Michael Lerman offered her the mount on Gigawatt in Saturday's $150,000 .

Sutherland's decision proved to be the right one after she put up a flawless ride to guide Gigawatt to a half-length victory over 8-5 Old Forester and Spring House, who dead-heated for second in the Grade 3 Miami Mile.

Gigawatt, a 6-year-old son of Wild Again, had not won a race since capturing the Louisiana Handicap at the Fair Grounds on Dec. 31, 2004, and had started but once since last July. But Lerman had him fit and ready for his second start off the layoff, and Sutherland did the rest. She allowed Gigawatt to chase the early pace of Keep Cool, moved him to command into the stretch, and they held off Old Forester and Spring House.

Gigawatt paid $61.60 after covering the distance in 1:34.50 over a firm course.

"He was sent to me in Ocala after the first of the year and hasn't missed a beat in training since then," said Lerman who trains Gigawatt for owner Steve Ramsey.

"All I knew about this horse was that on paper he was very consistent," said Sutherland. "Give all the credit to Mike. He told me to let him get as close to the lead as I could, and it was perfect advice."

Hollywood Wildcat: Upset caps pick 4

Gigawatt was the first of two longshot winners on Saturday's all stakes pick four. Potra Clasica led throughout under Cecilio Penalba to upset the $150,000 , easily outlasting the 8-1 Formal Miss by 1 3/4 lengths to win the 1 1/16-mile turf fixture. Bright Abundance rallied to be third.

Potra Clasica, a 5-year-old Argentine-bred daughter of Potrillon, returned $24.80 and completed a pick four that paid $5,428.50 for a $1 ticket.

My Lordship, the 3-5 favorite in the Hollywood Wildcat, raced in perfect striking position for five furlongs before retreating suddenly approaching the far turn. She finished eighth and last.

Ponche: Defending champ repeats

Defending champion Nightmare Affair held off a resurgent Kaufy Machine to register a hard-fought neck victory in the $100,000 . He paid $4.

Nightmare Affair rallied three wide to overtake the early leaders, including Kaufy Machine, in early stretch, and was fully extended to prevail. Kaufy Machine reasserted himself after relinquishing command to the winner and was easily second best.

The win was the second in a row for Nightmare Affair, who captured Tampa Bay Downs's Sprint Stakes on April 8. Final time for the six-furlongs was 1:11.48. Nightmare Affair was ridden to victory by Eddie Castro for trainer Manuel Azpurua.

Unbridled: Electrify by eight

Electrify, like Nightmare Affair coming off a stakes victory at Tampa, dominated the $100,000 .

Jockey Abel Castellano Jr. allowed Electrify to race off the early pace of longshots How's Your Halo and Winnies Tigger Two. Electrify moved three wide to take control leaving the final turn and drew off to win by eight lengths. Saint Augustus outfinished Rehoboth for second.

Electrify covered 1 1/16 miles in 1:47 and paid $8.60.

"When he ran so bad going long here a year ago against a lot of these same horses, he was just too aggressive," said trainer Eddie Plesa Jr., referring to Electrify's fifth-place finish behind Saint Augustus in the What a Pleasure Stakes. "He's come a long way since then and it's been great to watch him mature."