Jennifer Whitaker made her usual move on Wasserman -- coming from far back going into the stretch — and edged out the two favored horses to become the first woman jockey to win the Grade III $300,000 Longacres Mile.
Jennifer Whitaker made her usual move on Wasserman — coming from far back going into the stretch — and edged out the two favored horses to become the first woman jockey to win the Grade III $300,000 Longacres Mile.
True Metropolitan, shipped in from Woodbine in Toronto, also closed but could not hold off Wasserman’s charge.
Wasserman, at 10-1, paid 22.40, $7.60 and $3.20 while True Metropolitan, ridden by James McAleney, paid $4.60 and $3.20. Tropic Storm, the 6-5 favorite, returned $2.60 to show.
Besides the 55 percent share of the $300,000 purse, the winner is guaranteed a place in the $1 million Breeders’ Cup Dirt Mile at Santa Anita on Oct. 25. Howard Belvoir, the owner, breeder and trainer for Wasserman, by Cahill Road out of Share the Knight, would have to pay supplementary fees to get in as he had not made the preliminary payments to qualify the 6-year-old gelding, who finished third in last year’s Mile.
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