Updated on 09/16/2011 7:46AM

Showmeitall fools 'em all

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Showmeitall, with Jorge Chavez aboard, gets his nose down on the wire to edge Monthir and Pat Day in the $150,000 Hutcheson Stakes on Saturday.

HALLANDALE BEACH, Fla. - After dueling with Royal Lad for more than five furlongs of Saturday's seven-furlong * at Gulfstream Park, Showmeitall had to brace for a fresh challenger in the final furlong of the Grade 2 race for 3-year-olds.

Monthir, a late-addition to the field, was the recipient of a perfect trip under Pat Day and looked poised to go past Showmeitall. When Monthir and Showmeitall got to the wire of the $150,000 Hutcheson, many of the 13,575 in attendance thought Showmeitall had succumbed in the final stride - including Manny Tortora, trainer of Showmeitall.

"I thought he maybe got beat," Tortora admitted.

But when the photo came up, Showmeitall's nose was on the line first, setting off a wild celebration in the Gulfstream Park winner's circle from the owners, Take Five Stables.

"This is a dream come true," said Michael Kopp, who heads up the partnership, which includes eight factions from four states.

Drying out from the previous day's rain, Gulfstream's main track was yielding painfully slow times all day. The final time of 1:26.07 for seven furlongs was the slowest Hutcheson ever run by more than one second.

With Showmeitall having drawn the rail, Tortora knew he would have to go to the front under Jorge Chavez. Tortora grew concerned when Showmeitall dueled with Royal Lad through fractions of 22.54 seconds and 45.61. Turning for home, Showmeitall opened up daylight on Monthir, who moved into second after stalking the leaders. At the wire, it was a bob of the head. Showmeitall returned $9.40.

"I was scared that horse took a little bit out of him, but he came back," Tortora said.

Trainer Mark Hennig and jockey Pat Day both thought Monthir won the race.

"I thought he went to the lead and he didn't finish the job when he got there," Hennig said.

Monthir finished second, 4 3/4 lengths ahead of Royal Lad. Maybry's Boy, the even-money favorite after winning the Spectacular Bid, finished fourth after racing far back early.

"He dropped out of it farther than I thought he would today," trainer Shug McGaughey said. "He acted like he was going to be sharp. He just used himself having to get to them. I don't think it was a bad race. I don't think you can judge a horse by what we got today."

* Owner Marylou Whitney had a memorable afternoon, winning three races on the card. Whitney won the fourth with Straight Gin ($17), the fifth with Cozy Island ($3.80), and the 10th with Aly Quatorze ($30.80).

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