KELSO HANDICAP | PURSE: $400,000 | 3-YEAR-OLDS & UP | GRADE 2 | 1 MILE
Charles Fipke's homebred Jersey Town bounded past pacesetter and 9-5 second choice Shackleford in the stretch to pull off an 8-1 upset in the $400,000 Kelso Handicap Sept. 29 at Belmont Park.
The son of Speightstown covered the one-turn mile over a good main track in 1:35.24.
Trickmeister finished third and was followed by favorite To Honor and Serve in the field of six. Isn't He Perect, Gallant Fields, and Pacific Ocean were scratched.
The winner, out of the Grade 1-winning Belong to Me mare Jersey Girl, is trained by Barclay Tagg and was ridden by Javier Castellano.
Shackleford was hustled out of the gate to get the lead and set the early fractions of :22.54 and :45.02 while being pressed by Trickmeister. Jersey Town was tucked along the rail while cruising along with Tapizar. To Honor and Serve broke a bit slow, and inched up from last to fourth heading into the turn.
Jersey Town pressed to the front on the turn and quickly passed Shackleford to get the lead and separated himself from the rest of the field. The six-furlong time was 1:09.31.
The winner paid $18, $6.80, and $5.90. Shackleford paid $4 and $3.80 while Trickmeister returned $5.70 to show.