01/14/2002 1:00AM

'Victor' triggers $846 exacta


HALLANDALE BEACH, Fla. - The addition of blinkers and Pat Day proved a winning formula for longshot Worldly Victor, who rallied six wide in the stretch to take Monday's $73,800 * by 1 1/2 lengths at Gulfstream Park.

Charming Colony, another longshot, rallied even wider to get second, 1 1/4 lengths ahead of Lord Juban, who nosed out Honor in War for third. August Storm, the even-money favorite as the lone filly facing colts, finished fifth.

Trainer Phil Gleaves elected to add blinkers to Worldly Victor's equipment following a ninth-place finish in the Mecke Stakes at Calder on Dec. 1. Jockey Jose Rivera told Gleaves that Worldly Victor was looking around during that race.

Under Day, Worldly Victor settled into seventh position while saving ground through the early stages of the race. Turning for home, Day sent Worldly Victor off the hedge and, despite being carried out by Honor in War, Worldly Victor was able to get up. A son of World Stage, Worldly Victor covered the 1 1/16 miles in 1:43.62 over a firm turf. He returned $43.80 to win and teamed with 31-1 shot Charming Colony for a $846.20 exacta.

"I thought there would be a solid pace today, I thought he would be further back but the blinkers obviously made him focus and he was laying a lot closer than I thought," Gleaves said.

August Storm, who entered the race off of three consecutive stakes victories, lay third early on, but could not kick on in the stretch.

"She's speed on a course that doesn't hold speed right now and you're breaking from the 11 hole against colts," Bailey said.

Worldly Victor will most likely return in the Palm Beach Stakes against 3-year-old colts on Feb. 22 while August Storm will likely run in the Herecomesthebride Stakes for 3-year-old fillies Feb. 3.


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