04/09/2004 12:00AM

Shake You Down victorious


Shake You Down showed grit to hold off a late bid by Where's the Ring and win the Grade 3, $150,000 Count Fleet Sprint Handicap by a head Thursday at Oaklawn Park. It was another 1 1/4 lengths back to Aloha Bold in third.

Shake You Down ($4.80) broke slowly but rushed up for the lead soon afterward, and was clear through fractions of 21.80 seconds for the opening quarter-mile and 44.60 seconds for the half. He went on to cover the six furlongs in 1:09.27.

Shake You Down earned $90,000 for the win for owner Robert Cole Jr., who claimed Shake You Down for $65,000 last year. The Count Fleet was the horse's 16th victory in 39 starts, and his earnings stand at $1,255,060.

Shake You Down is trained by Scott Lake, who said Shake You Down is being pointed for two upcoming stakes at Belmont Park: the Grade 3, $100,000 Bold Ruler on May 8 and the Grade 2, $200,000 True North Breeders' Cup on June 5. He won both in 2003.