Updated on 09/18/2011 12:30AM

Mister Fotis far ahead of Silver Train

Ryan McAlinden / EQUI-PHOTO
Mister Fotis (2), and jockey Rafael Bejarano, holds of Sir Greeley (9) and John Velazquz down the stretch to win the Grade II $200,000 Richter Scale Breeders Cup Sprint Championship on Saturday at Gulfstream Park.

HALLANDALE BEACH, Fla. - Trainer Marty Wolfson made it a point to show jockey Rafael Bejarano tapes of Mister Fotis's previous races prior to Saturday's $200,000 at Gulfstream Park. The tutoring sessions paid dividends when Bejarano guided Mister Fotis to a neck victory over Sir Greeley.

The Grade 2 Richter Scale marked the 2006 debut of reigning Breeders' Cup Sprint champion Silver Train, who finished seventh as the even-money favorite.

"He's a funny horse to ride so I showed Rafael tapes of his races all week long," said Wolfson. "He's deceptively fast for such a big horse but he's also lazy and a rider has to keep busy on him all the time. If you relax, he'll relax. Rafael rode him perfectly."

Bejarano hustled Mister Fotis after the break to contest the pace from between Middle Earth and Sir Greeley. He ultimately forged clear entering the stretch, then withstood a final try from Sir Greeley through the final furlong.

"I thought he would be in front today although I was a little worried at first when he had horses dueling with him from both sides down the backstretch," said Wolfson, who trains Mr. Fotis for Alago Inc. "But at the three-eighths pole, the way Rafael was riding, I could see he had plenty of horse left. And this horse is very tough to get past once he gets in front."

Mister Fotis ($10.80) covered seven furlongs in 1:21.73.

Sir Greeley raced in the first flight for the opening quarter-mile, dropped back a bit around the turn, then came on again once settling into the stretch to just miss. He was easily second best, finishing 2 1/4 lengths in front of the late striding Universal Form.

Silver Train raced within striking position down the backstretch but was visibly laboring by the time the field reached the stretch.

"I was concerned he wouldn't run good on this track and he didn't," said Silver Train's trainer, Richard Dutrow Jr. "I didn't see him run his race in any kind of way at any point of the race."

Dutrow said if Silver Train came out of the Richter Scale well he would stick to his original schedule and run him back in Aqueduct's Grade 1 Carter Handicap on April 8.