08/31/2003 11:00PM

Thistledown: Devil Time wins

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Devil Time completed a stakes-winning hat-trick when he responded to energetic handling by William Troilo and caught Cat Singer in the last stride to win the $75,000 Governor's Buckeye Cup at 1 1/4 miles. Deadline Dude rallied from last in the field of nine Ohio-breds to get up for third.

Devil Time is owned by Brad Anderson and trained by David Carroll. He was away in good order, and settled just off the pace the opening six furlongs, at which point Troilo sent him up after Cat Singer, who had opened a clear lead. These two hooked up in deep stretch, and Devil Time dug in gamely to win by a nose.

The favorite, Devil Time was timed in 2:07 over the sloppy strip and returned $3.