11/13/2013 11:12AM

Mountaineer: Musicinthehouse confirms affinity for dirt in Sophomore Sprint Championship

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Musicinthehouse ignores the falling snow to win the Sophomore Sprint Championship under Albin Jimenez.

Musicinthehouse trains on the Polytrack at Turfway Park. But he does his best running on dirt at Mountaineer Racetrack.

A 3-year-old gelding who is 3 for 4 at Mountaineer but 1 for 12 everywhere else he has run, Musicinthehouse ($21.60) rallied from second in the stretch to score by 1 1/2 lengths in Tuesday night’s $85,000 Sophomore Sprint Championship. Black Hornet, the 8-5 favorite, steadied at the start after getting bumped, and came from 5 1/2 lengths behind at the eighth pole to finish second. Go Duke Go, the pacesetter at 15-1, finished third.

Musicinthehouse, ridden by Albin Jimenez for owner-trainer Maria Pinzon, completed six furlongs on a fast track in 1:11.64. His $52,630 share of the purse nearly doubled his career bankroll to $110,333. He prepped for the stakes by winning a nonwinners-of-three allowance by six lengths on Nov. 2.