After a thrilling stretch duel before 14,006 on track
Sunday, John D. Gunther’s Last Gunfighter wore down San
Pablo to capture the $150,000 Iselin Stakes by a head at Monmouth Park.
Chad Brown, Last Gunfighter moved wide around the far turn to engage San Pablo, who pressed
the early pace. With San Pablo and
jockey Chris DeCarlo on the inside and Last Gunfighter and rider Joe Bravo on
the outside, the two colts treated fans to an exhilarating stretch battle that
saw the former prevail by a head.
Dispatched the 4-5 favorite, Last
Gunfighter returned $3.60, $2.20 and $2.10.
completed the $7.80 exacta and paid $2.80 and $2.40. It was 5 ½ lengths back to Jaguar Paw, who
paid $2.80 to show. Raging Daoust
checked in fourth with Margano rounding out the field. The time for the mile and an eighth over a
fast main track was 1:52 flat.
“I was told
in the paddock that he’s a grinder,” said Bravo, “which played a big part in
how I rode him. With that information I
knew I wasn’t going to get that one quick punch, so I wound up moving at the
3/8ths pole. He has a big powerful
stride and he just kept coming and coming all the way to the wire.”
Bred in Kentucky by his owner,
Last Gunfighter is a 4-year-old colt by First Samurai from the Sir Cat mare
Saratoga Cat. He has won seven of his 12
lifetime starts, good for earnings of $635,405.
continues at Monmouth
Park on Friday, August 23
– gates open 11:30 a.m., first post 12:50 p.m.
Friday’s card will feature a carryover in the Pick 5 of $23,208.47.