10/09/2009 11:00PM

Pashito the Che hits jackpot in Gallant Bob

Barbara Weidl/EQUI-PHOTO
Pashito The Che, foreground, wins the $250,000 Gallant Bob at Philadelphia Park by a nose over Custom for Carlos.

Pashito the Che captured the richest prize of his career Saturday, the for 3-year-old sprinters at Philadelphia Park. The 2-1 favorite, Pashito the Che ran the six furlongs in 1:08.42 on the fast track, holding off Custom for Carlos by a nose.

Just Ben set the early fractions, with Custom for Carlos and Pashito the Che, with Eibar Coa aboard, right behind. Custom for Carlos and Pashito the Che moved as a team midway on the turn, swallowing up Just Ben.

Custom for Carlos, with Stewart Elliott up, grabbed a very narrow lead until Pashito the Che edged to the front at the top of the stretch. It was a two-horse head-to-head battle the rest of the way, with Pashito the Che stubbornly holding a narrow lead throughout.

Trained by Scott Lake, Pashito the Che got his fifth win in 10 starts.

It was 6 3/4 lengths back to Carbonite, who rallied from last to get third. Just Ben was fourth followed by You Luckie Mann, Everyday Heroes, Happy Bull and Mesa Sunrise.