06/19/2009 11:00PM

Possetothemax rallies to win Reappeal


Possetothemax continued to show his versatility, rallying from just off the pace before outlasting a fast-closing Lettie's Relic by a neck to capture Saturday's $55,000 Reappeal Stakes at Calder.

Possetothemax came into the Reappeal off an eight-length, entry-level optional claiming and allowance win over a sloppy main track. That performance earned him a career-best 100 Beyer Speed Figure. He had little trouble, though, readjusting to a turf course over which he had already posted two victories in three previous tries.

Possetothemax had showed improved speed, leading throughout in his latest victory, and again was right up with the pace despite switching back to grass for the five-furlong Reappeal. Possetothemax stalked the early pace of Midnight Ridge, gained a short advantage near the eighth pole, edged clear, then was all out to resist Lettie's Relic. Lettie's Relic lagged near the middle of the pack to the stretch, angled out and finished best of all before coming up several strides short with the bid.

Little Nick, the tepid 5-2 favorite in the wide-open Reappeal, had ta bad trip when he was forced to take up sharply behind the tiring Midnight Ridge while appearing full of run near the rail. Little Nick ultimately finished third, three-quarters of a length behind Lettie's Relic.

Despite coming off such an impressive main-track win, Possetothemax, a son of Posse, paid a seemingly generous $9.20 after covering the distance in 55.87 seconds over a good course. Eduardo Nunez rode the winner for trainer David Fawkes.