10/07/2008 11:00PM

Rikman pulls away from competition


The favored Rikman ($4.80) engaged pacesetter Shipwatch and 8-5 second choice Unbridled Wisdom in a three-way stretch battle before drawing clear to post a four-length victory in Tuesday night's $75,000 Fall Stakes at Mountaineer Racetrack.

A 6-year-old ridden by Deshawn Parker, the New York-based Rikman has now won 4 of 6 starts since he was claimed for $25,000 in March by trainer Bruce Brown on behalf of Ralph Durante, James Buckley, and Pennston Farm. He ran 1 1/8 miles in 1:51.58.