07/03/2016 10:15AM

Maiden Synclines Trip scores as longest shot in Lansing Stakes


Synclines Trip picked a fine time to win his maiden, powering to a last-to-first win as the longest price on the board in the $20,000 Lansing Stakes on Saturday at Hazel Park.

Synclines Trip, a son of Syncline, broke last in the field of four Michigan-bred 3-year-old males, settling into the pocket two paths off the rail while overwhelming post time favorite Couldnt Wait went out to an opening quarter-mile in 24.79 seconds, a length ahead of Battle Drum and Kiki Quality.

Synclines Trip began to approach his rivals on the outside across the backstretch, but still trailed a hard-pressured Couldnt Wait on the rail by two lengths after a half in 50.16 seconds. Under right-handed urging by jockey Ricardo Barrios, Synclines Trip looped his foes and briefly got on even terms with Couldnt Wait in the final turn before the lead changed hands

Barrios guided Synclines Trip down the stretch under a steady whip, first on the right, then on the left as the finish drew closer, to pull away by 5 1/4 lengths at the wire. Battle Drum had a consistent trip around the oval, and finished two lengths ahead of spent pacesetter Couldnt Wait for the runner-up spot.

Synclines Trip won the six-furlong Lansing Stakes in 1:18.79, and paid $17 to win with the field’s highest odds.

The Lansing was Synclines Trip’s first win in four career starts and improved his career earnings to $21,971. He debuted in last year’s 2-year-old males division of the Michigan Sire Stakes, finishing third in a field of three, then came back in 2016 to finish second in a Hazel Park maiden special weight and fourth in a maiden race at Thistledown in his most recent start.

He is owned and trained by Ronald Allen Sr., and was bred in Michigan by Lisa Campbell, who was the breeder of record for all four horses in Saturday’s race.