Updated on 09/16/2011 6:37AM

Maybry's Boy's good start

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HALLANDALE BEACH, Fla.- Trainer Shug McGaughey already has a Kentucky Derby contender in Saarland, winner of last November's Remsen Stakes. He may be developing a backup in Maybry's Boy.

Maybry's Boy, whose breeding suggests he would excel in route races, rallied from last under John Velazquez to win Thursday's $100,000, Grade 3 Spectacular Bid Stakes* (click here for chart) by 1 1/4 lengths over Showmeitall. It was another 3 1/2 lengths back to Harmony Hall.

The Spectacular Bid was the opening-day feature of Gulfstream Park's 90-day meet. A crowd of 16,545 attended the races on a beautiful afternoon, down from 17,444 a year ago. Ontrack handle dipped 12 percent to $1,410,680 from $1,799,834 last year. Total handle dipped 25 percent to $7,188,741 from $9,521,596 in 2001.

As a son of Broad Brush, Maybry's Boy figures to be better at two turns. Even though the Spectacular Bid was the sixth career start for Maybry's Boy, McGaughey felt it was not time to stretch the colt out.

"I kind of knew where I was in his training, that the best thing to do would be to run him down here and run him in the sprint stakes," said McGaughey, who trains Maybry's Boy for New York Wall Street executive Randy Hill. "If I would have run him long, I don't know if he would have the kick to catch up. I plan on stretching him out after the Hutcheson."

The Hutcheson, run at seven furlongs, will be run on Feb. 2.

On a slow, laboring track that favored outside closers, Maybry's Boy took a sharp right leaving the starting gate from the outside post. Velazquez quickly guided him to the inside and he was still in sixth position approaching the quarter pole. Turning for home, Velazquez put Maybry's Boy in the four path and he outkicked Showmeitall from the eighth pole home.

The final time of 1:12.19 for six furlongs was the slowest clocking for the Spectacular Bid in 19 runnings at the distance. However, the track was deep and tiring and produced slow times most of the day.

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In the race before the Hutcheson Stakes, Blue Burner made a successful return to the races, rallying from last to win a second-level allowance race by one-half length. It was the third victory in as many starts for Blue Burner, a George Steinbrenner-owned son of French Deputy who had not been out since July 5.

As he did in his previous two starts, Blue Burner broke slowly. He raced wide down the backside, advanced into contention with an inside move around the turn, then rallied four wide in the stretch. He did not change leads until inside the sixteenth pole and covered the mile and 70 yards in 1:45.91 over the good track.

"It was a good education for him," said trainer Bill Mott, who took over the colt's training from John Tammarro III. "He ate a lot of dirt and pricked his ears when he made the lead, looking for competition. It's nice when they show they can close off a slow pace."

Mott said he would not consider running Blue Burner in the Fountain of Youth on Feb. 16.

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