04/09/2009 11:00PM

Mr. Sidney caps Desormeaux double


LEXINGTON, Ky. - Mr. Sidney had never won a stakes, let alone a Grade 1 race. But that all changed Friday when he drove to victory in the 21st running of the Grade 1, $300,000 Maker's Mark Mile at Keeneland.

Ridden with confidence by Kent Desormeaux, Mr. Sidney ($8.40) looped to the lead leaving the quarter pole before turning back a sustained bid from Passager to win by a half-length.

On a chilly and rainy afternoon, and with 13,708 on hand, Mr. Sidney, a 5-year-old son of Storm Cat, completed the mile in 1:41.84 over a yielding turf, earning $186,000 for the Circle E Racing of Lee Einsidler.

"Not only did he handle it, but he reengaged in the last 200 yards," said Desormeaux. "I really enjoyed that."

"The timing was right today," said trainer Bill Mott. "He was coming off a couple of good races in Florida and came into this in great shape."

Thorn Song, the 2-1 favorite, set the pace as expected but had no response when Fluke and Mr. Sidney moved to challenge in the far turn. Turning for home, Mr. Sidney took command, with only Passager looming a danger, and from there Mr. Sidney dug in to post his fourth win from eight starts.

Just as Well rallied to be third, another 5 3/4 lengths back, and was followed by House of Silver, Fluke, and Thorn Song. Twilight Meteor was an early scratch.

Desormeaux also won the secondary feature, the $100,000 Fort Harrod Stakes, when he guided Gangbuster ($34.20) from far off the pace for a 10 3/4-length romp. He rode Gangbuster for his older brother, trainer Keith Desormeaux.

Kurbat finished second, another four lengths before front-running Lord Kipling in a strung-out field of eight.

Gangbuster had competed for claiming tags in his four previous starts. He finished 1 5/8 miles in 2:44.02 over Polytrack.

Hello Broadway takes allowance

Hello Broadway ($2.80), making his first start since finishing seventh as the favorite in the Tampa Bay Derby, turned back a bid from David's Rock in posting a 1 1/4-length score in a $54,000 allowance under Garrett Gomez on Friday.

"Garrett did a great job with him," said trainer Barclay Tagg. "We'll think about the Preakness, and I'll see if there's something for him in New York, too. He's an awfully good horse."

Hello Broadway, bred and owned by Elizabeth Valando, ran 1 1/16 miles on Polytrack in 1:43.84. His record includes runner-up finishes in the Grade 3 Nashua and Grade 2 Hutcheson.

* Steve Asmussen sent out the winner of a 2-year-old dash for the second straight day when Malawi ($5.80) led throughout in the first race. Asmussen and Wesley Ward have split the four 2-year-old races at the meet between them.