Updated on 09/18/2011 12:16AM

Seek Gold pulls $185 shocker

Seek Gold (left) and jockey Calvin Borel swoop past Perfect Drift to win the Grade 1 Foster at 91-1.

LOUISVILLE, Ky. - The upset that Colonial Colony pulled two years ago in the at Churchill Downs - well, that was nothing compared to what transpired Saturday in the 25th running of the Grade 1 race.

Seek Gold, who was last of nine runners approaching the eighth pole, launched an incredible outside rally to pull out a nose victory over a tough-luck Perfect Drift and light up the toteboard at 91-1.

Ridden by Calvin Borel, Seek Gold returned $185.40 when surpassing the record $127.20 mutuel that Colonial Colony paid following his nose victory in the 2004 Foster.

"Unbelievable," said Borel.

Seek Gold, a 6-year-old gelding by Touch Gold, is owned by the Bowman Couch Racing Stable of Ted Bowman and Kristi Couch, who are engaged to be married. Seek Gold was making his first start for 34-year-old trainer Ron Moquett since the gelding was privately purchased last month as part of a nine-horse package from owner Robert LaPenta and trainer Nick Zito.

The 1 1/8-mile Foster not only ended in curious fashion, but also unfolded that way. Early leader Love of Money played cat-and-mouse with his closest pursuer, favored Buzzards Bay, alternating paths while leading through six furlongs. By early stretch, both horses were spent. Perfect Drift, dismissed at 10-1, then charged to what appeared an insurmountable lead with 100 yards to go, but then Seek Gold appeared from nowhere to prevail by perhaps two inches.

"It is a tough way to lose, but I couldn?t be prouder of him," said Murray Johnson, trainer of Perfect Drift, the 7-year-old gelding who was ridden by Mark Guidry and now has earned more than $4.4 million.

Seek Gold, who finished in 1:49.24 over a fast track, earned $502,647 from the $844,500 total purse with his fifth win from 28 career starts. The gelding had not won since Aug. 2004 in a Saratoga allowance.

West Virginia finished third, 1 3/4 lengths behind Perfect Drift. Buzzards Bay, the 7-5 favorite, finished fourth, while Brass Hat (5-2) dead-heated for fifth, and Love of Money (4-1) faded to eighth. Wild Desert was an early scratch. Ontrack attendance was 12,056.

For Borel, the result perpetuated a longstanding tradition. The 39-year-old veteran also rode such huge-priced winners as Freespirit?s Joy (27-1 in the 1991 Super Derby), Rockamundo (108-1 in the 1993 Arkansas Derby), and Da Devil (65-1 in the 1999 Kentucky Cup Classic).

* The Foster was part of the late pick four at Churchill, which returned $4,533.60 for $2 after My Typhoon captured the final race, the Mint Julep. There was one winning pick six ticket, worth $48,461.40 for $2.