Updated on 09/17/2011 11:59PM

Philadelphia: Pocomoonshine wins

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Pocomoonshine with Jose Flores riding, wins the $50,000 Added Lyman Sprint Championship at Philadelphia Park on Saturday.

Pocomoonshine, dropping in to face statebreds for the first time following a sharp victory over high-priced optional claimers at Delaware Park, held off 13-1 longshot Proud Charm by 1 1/4 lengths to earn his first career stakes victory in the $56,050 Lyman Sprint Championship Handicap at Philadelphia Park.

Ridden by Jose Flores for trainer Ramon Preciado, Pocomoonshine ($13.80) drew alongside pacesetter Leprechaun's Gold after a half-mile in 44.13 seconds and opened up a clear lead early in the stretch. Proud Charm, ridden by Carlos Cruz, got within a half-length in deep stretch before Pocomoonshine pulled away in the final 70 yards.

Proud Charm finished 4 1/4 lengths ahead of third-place finisher Banjo Picker, the 2-1 favorite.

A 4-year-old gelding, Pocomoonshine ran the seven furlongs in 1:21.73 for his third victory in his last four starts.