06/12/2009 11:00PM

Werner longshots wake up in Jostle

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Ridden by Justin Shepherd, Trusty Temper lights the board at 45-1 in Saturday's $200,000 Jostle at Philly Park.

Ronny Werner has been relatively quiet with the string of horses he brought to the East Coast this spring, winning with just 2 of 15 starters he has sent out at Delaware Park, Monmouth, Belmont, and Pimlico.

But Werner broke out in a big way with a pair of longshots he saddled Saturday afternoon in the $200,000 Jostle Stakes at Philadelphia Park.

Trusty Temper, the longest shot among nine 3-year-old fillies at 45-1, survived a pace duel with even-money favorite Saarlight and a stretch bid by 16-1 shot Northern Belle to post a 2 1/2-length victory.

Bandora, a 37-1 shot also trained by Werner, came on from midpack to get third, 1 1/4 lengths behind runner-up Northern Belle. The three longshots produced a trifecta payoff of $10,882.60.

Both Trusty Temper, a daughter of Successful Appeal owned by Mark Stanley, and Bandora have been training at Delaware Park since shipping from Kentucky.

Ridden for the first time by Justin Shepherd, Trusty Temper ($92) was coming off a four-length win in an off-the-turf second-level allowance sprint at Churchill Downs. Her only other win in five previous starts came sprinting on turf last July at Ellis Park.

Trusty Temper didn't appear destined to be much more than an early pace factor when she pressed New York invader Saarlight through fractions of 21.49 and 43.82 seconds.

The blistering pace took its toll on Saarlight, who faded badly coming into the stretch. Northern Belle, ridden by Kendrick Carmouche, came up the inside to take a narrow lead in midstretch, but Trusty Temper still had something left for the final furlong and edged clear, completing the 6 1/2 furlongs on a fast track in 1:15.81.

Saarlight beat only one horse - Mani Bhavan. It was the third consecutive last-place finish for Mani Bhavan, who won the Grade 1 Spinaway and Grade 2 Adirondack last summer at Saratoga.