VOSBURGH INVITATIONAL | PURSE: $400,000 | 3-YEAR-OLDS & UP | GRADE 1 | 6 FURLONGS
Barry Schwartz' 3-year-old The Lumber Guy rallied from just off the pace to win the $400,000 Vosburgh Invitational Stakes Sept. 29 at Belmont Park. The homebred son of Grand Slam got the six furlongs in 1:09.72 over a track labeled good.
Caixa Electronica, sent off at 7-1, rallied stoutly for second. Pacesetter Poseidon's Warrior held for third. Little Drama finished fourth.
Prior to the start Royal Currier reared in the gate and unseated his rider. He was scratched after a review from the track veterinarian.
Poseidon's Warrior broke on top and set the early pace while being pressed by Little Drama with The Lumber Guy just to their outside. They zipped through an opening quarter in :22.57 and a half in :45.06. The Lumber Guy stormed to the lead at the eighth pole after five furlongs in :56.91.
The Lumber Guy, bred in New York by Schwartz' Stonewall Farm, is out of the Unbridled's Song mare Boltono. A winner of the Miracle Wood Stakes and Jerome Stakes earlier this year, he was making his first start since a sixth-place effort in early May in the nine-furlong Peter Pan Stakes.
Hall of Fame jockey John Velazquez was aboard for trainer Mike Husion. The victory earned The Lumber Guy an automatic entry in the Breeders' Cup Sprint Nov. 3 at Santa Anita Park.
The winner, an entry with the Grade 1-winning Sean Avery, paid $6.20, $3.70, and $2.90. Caixa Electronia returned $7.80 and $5.10. Poseidon's Warrior paid $5.40.