Bubba Dunn Wins Yonkers Trot
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YONKERS, N.Y. (AP) _ Bubba Dunn, the 3-year-old gelding driven by Jeff Gregory, took advantage of the rail and went wire-to-wire in 1:58.4 to win the $338,623 Yonkers Trot on Saturday night.
Hambletonian winner Chip Chip Hooray, bidding to become the first Triple Crown winner for 3-year-olds since Super Bowl in 1972, faded to fourth in the stretch.
The third leg is the Kentucky Futurity at The Red Mile in Lexington, Ky., on Sept. 28.
Bubba Dunn, the 3-1 third choice, posted a time that was slower than his 1:57.1 in last week’s elimination. The only gelding in the field of eight, Bubba Dunn crossed the finish line 2 3/4 lengths ahead of Civil Action.
Chip Chip Hooray, who left from the No. 7 hole with Eric Ledford, tired in trying to make up ground, and yielded third place to El Glide.
``The inside draw did it for us,″ said Gregory after Bubba Dunn registered only his fifth win in 12 races this year and eighth in 21 overall. ``Bubba easily took to the smaller track in the elimination. Some horses struggle, but not him.
``It was his biggest race, and I knew it would take a great effort. Chip Chip Hooray was behind us most of the way, but Bubba was confident and never gave in.
Bubba Dunn, who spent all of 2001 on the Ohio circuit where he had just three victories, collected $169,372 to push his career total to $221,659. The winner paid $7.30, $3.50 and 3.40.
Civil Action, driven by Hall of Famer Mike Lachance, returned $6.40 and 4.10, and El Glide, with Pat Manzi, paid $5.20 to show.