05/18/2013 3:42PM

Thistledown: Raise the Reward cruises in Michael F. Rowland Memorial

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Raise the Reward dueled for the early lead but shook clear on the turn to win the $50,000 Michael F. Rowland Memorial at Thistledown under a hand ride Saturday.

A 7-year-old gelding, Raise the Reward dueled to the turn with Catlaunch before shaking clear to lead into the stretch by two and a half lengths. Jockey Jacob Radosevich sat chilly on his mount through the stretch and the final margin of victory was two lengths.

Beau Mec closed for second after being fourth early, while Catlaunch hung on for third.

Trained by Jeff Radosevich, Raise the Reward returned $3.40 to win and ran the six furlongs in 1:11.22 over a fast track.