was slow out of the gate and finished last.
In fact, if the speed ratings he earned for a front-running victory in the Los Angeles Handicap there in May and a second to Paying Dues
in the Vernon Underwood there in December are taken literally, he's clearly better than his U.
Savinio finished second, nine lengths in front of Eltish, and pacesetter Paying Dues
doesn't lose: Paying Dues
, runner-up in the Breeders' Cup Sprint, came back with a victory in the $108,100 Vernon O.
heads a field of seven sprinters in the $100,000-added Vernon O.
Worst hurt by the gaffe was California-based Paying Dues
, who finished second to Lit de Justice by 1-1/4 lengths.
Sprint: Alphabet Soup, Appealing Skier, Boundless Moment, Capote Belle, Chaposa Springs, Criolitto, Friendly Lover, Honour and Glory, Iktamal, Lakota Brave, Langfuhr, Lit de Justice, Lord Carson, Paying Dues
Sprinter: A dead heat: Abaginone and Paying Dues
finished on even terms in the meet-opening Los Angeles Handicap and their time - 1:08 1/5 - remains the season's fastest 6 furlongs.