PRADO WINS DASH

(From the Baltimore Sun)

Last month, Benny the Bull had all his hooves could handle in the Breeders’ Cup Sprint at New Jersey’s Monmouth Park. Heavy rain had produced a slick and sloppy track, and the best sprinters in the world had gathered at the six-furlong course.Benny finished fourth, nine furlongs behind Midnight Lute.
But yesterday at Laurel Park in the $250,000 Frank J. De Francis Memorial Dash, Benny turned the tables on Talent Search, who had finished third at the Breeders’ Cup, and came from sixth place to win by 1 1/4 lengths on a fast track.

With jockey Edgar Prado on board, Benny beat Talent Search and third-place finisher Miraculous Miss, the only filly in the eight-horse field. It was Benny the Bull’s first Grade I victory, and the 4-year-old paid $4.60.Benny the Bull is trained by Richard Dutrow Jr., whose father, Dick, won the De Francis Dash twice with Lite the Fuse in 1995 and 1996.

An announced 11,807 turned out for the day billed as the Fall Festival of Racing and bet $3,991,327 on the 10-race card that included four stakes races.
(Sun photo by Monica Lopossay)