-photo by Lone Star Park
|Clever Handling Get Wise River
Home in $150,000 Dallas Turf Cup at LSP
Texas (May 31, 2010) - Don L. Benge’s Wise River, trained
by Clark Hanna, benefited from a decisive move along the backstretch
in winning $150,000 Dallas Turf Cup over a firm turf course at Lone
Star Park on Monday.
Ridden by Curt Bourque, the bay son of Belong to Me settled in
nicely through the opening stages behind a slow early pace of 24.07
and 48.30. With just over a quarter of a mile to run, Wise River
moved through an opening along the rail to take the lead. After
running three-quarters of a mile in 1:11.18, Wise River rolled through
the stretch to win going away and stopped the teletimer in 1:40.61
for 1 1/16 miles. It was 1 ½ lengths back to El Gato Malo
in second, and another head back to Glowing Praise in third.
“I had a great trip,” said winning rider Curt Bourque.
“We were right in behind a slow early pace and when they showed
me an opening on the rail down the backside, I just pointed him
through it. He went on to win very impressively.”
In winning the Dallas Turf Cup, Wise River recorded his seventh
victory from 36 career starts. The $90,000 winner’s share
of the purse increased Wise River’s lifetime earnings to $494,567.
Wise River paid $12.60, $5.60, $5.00, runner-up El Gato Malo returned
$3.40, $2.60, and Glowing Praise paid $3.80 for show. Unbridle’s
Dream, Deal Breaker, Precious Colony, Little Wagon, And Music Came,
Favorite Jazz, and Jake Wil Gallop completed the order of finish.