VA-BRED VICTOR’S CRY WINS GR. I SHOEMAKER MILE

Making his first appearance in a Grade 1, Virginia-bred Victor’s Cry used a strong finish to earn a surprise win in the $249,500 Shoemaker Mile on Monday at Hollywood Park.

Dismissed at 21-1, Victor’s Cry, who was bred by R. Larry Johnson’s Legacy Farm, who is owned by Equilete Stable and trained by Eoin Harty, took advantage of a rapid pace to win for the second time in four starts this year.

Ridden by Corey Nakatani, now riding regularly in Kentucky, Victor’s Cry saved ground while well off the lead, angled out in the stretch and was up to defeat 9-5 favorite Karelian by a head.

The final time was 1:32.88, the fastest clocking in the Shoemaker since Designed For Luck won in 1:32.81 in 2004.

In winning for the fifth time in 17 starts, Victor’s Cry, who had run 6 ½ furlongs in his three previous races in 2010, increased his earnings to $350,633. He paid $44.40, $12.60 and $7.20.