09/08/2012 5:35PM

Laurel: See Tobe takes Japan Racing Association with late rush

Jim McCue/Maryland Jockey Cllub
See Tobe, with Julian Pimentel aboard, passes his rivals to win the Japan Racing Association.

See Tobe came into the picture late but was alone in front at the end, winning the $102,250 Japan Racing Association on Saturday at Laurel Park.

El Commodore set the pace in the 1 1/16-mile turf race, with Action Andy and Eighttofasttocatch right behind through a half-mile in 48.82 seconds. Both Action Andy and Eighttofasttocatch made moves on the leader going into the turn, and Eighttofasttocatch took the lead passing the eighth pole.

It looked like a three-horse race, but as the leaders battled, jockey Julian Pimentel was making his move with See Tobe. As the first three struggled, See Tobe came bounding down the middle of the lane to hit the wire 1 1/4 lengths in front. Mr. Irons wound up second, with Dannhauser third.

See Tobe paid $17.80, covering the distance in 1:44.53 on good turf. A 5-year-old gelded son of Concerto trained by Gary Capuano, he raised his record to 4-4-1 from 12 starts

Pimentel called See Tobe "a nice horse getting better and better."

"The last 40 yards he just gives you another gear," said Capuano.