08/21/2009 11:00PM

Mr. Windjammer quickest late in Reed Memorial

Stephanie Van Minos/Tom Cooley
Mr. Windjammer gets up in time to win the $50,000 Reed Memorial at Finger Lakes on Saturday.

Mr. Windjammer ($16) pulled off the upset Saturday in the $50,000 Leon Reed Memorial Handicap for New York-breds at Finger Lakes.

A 4-year-old chestnut gelding trained by Jonathan Buckley, Mr. Windjammer faced open company in his last two races, a seventh in the Wadsworth Memorial behind Sweetnorthernsaint and a fourth in an allowance race.

He perked up on the return to the statebred ranks. Mr. Windjammer improved to 8-for-17, earning his first stakes win since the Ontario County here last summer.

The trailer in the six-horse field in the early stages, Mr. Windjammer rallied fastest of all to beat Too Tough Pete by three-quarters of a length with Surfing Ian third.

The time was 1:10.77 for the six furlongs on the fast track.

Hidden Expense was fourth followed by Star of Rome and Smokin Hero, the 3-10 favorite following a pair of dominant wins.

Smokin Hero was fractious in the gate and ducked inward at the start. He managed to secure a ground-saving trip third but had no late response.