Bridgmohan wins Shakertown Stakes aboard Something Extra in Kentucky
LEXINGTON, Kentucky (CMC):
Jamaican Shaun Bridgmohan produced a front-running effort with 8-1 chance Something Extra to hold off the four-year-olds upward and win the Grade Three US$125 Shakertown Stakes at Keeneland racetrack here on Saturday.
Going 51/2 furlongs, Bridgmohan broke the seven-year-old gelding smartly, gave him a steady rail trip before taking the wire by half-length in a time of one minute. 2.85 seconds.
The victory was a case of third time lucky for Something Extra, who finished third in the race last year and second the previous year, after coming from off the pace. This year, the lead seemed to suit the Kentucky-bred gelding.
"He was pretty content there. He broke so sharply," Bridgmohan said afterward.
"(Trainer) Gail (Cox) and I spoke about it and all she said was 'just make sure he's happy'. He was happy being there."
hustled to the front
Something Extra was hustled to the front to post 21:38 seconds for the first quarter with Berlino de Tiger and oods-on favourite Power Alert in pursuit.
Bridgmohan got the gelding through the half in 44:55 and had opened up a handy three-length in the stretch. The pair appeared to be coasting to the wire when 44-1 outsider Channel Marker came with a flying late run to challenge strongly, but just came up short.
The victory added to four previous stakes wins for Something Extra, all having come at Woodbine racetrack in Canada. He has career earnings of US$865,656 from 29 career starts.
For Bridgmohan, the triumph was one of two on the day's card, as he also won race 11 over six furlongs with favourite Conquest Archangel.