SHAKERTOWN S. | PURSE: $100,000 | 4-YEAR-OLDS AND UP | GRADE 3 | 5.5 FURLONGS
Bonnie and Tommy Hamilton's Silverton Hill homebred Havelock and jockey Garrett Gomez found room along the rail and just did prevail by a nose in a five-horse blanket finish of the $100,000 Shakertown Stakes April 13 at Keeneland.
Havelock, sent off at odds 8-1, nipped 2-1 choice Something Extra in a heart-pounding finish, with Perfect Officer just a head behind those two in the 5 1/2-furlong turf test.
The win gives Havelock tallies in both of Keeneland's top turf sprints for older horses as the 6-year-old Great Notion gelding scored in the 2011 Woodford Stakes. Havelock has won three of five starts on the Keeneland turf and finished fourth in last year's Shakertown.
"He's a really classy individual," said Gomez, who was aboard Havelock for the first time. "He's real push-button. ... I just kinda let him get upon his feet and come home."
Trainer Darrin Miller gave Gomez a lot of credit in the victory after Havelock rallied from last in the nine-horse field.
"Garrett was humble but I want to say that was all him. He made every right decision," Miller said. "He's a fun horse; he always shows up."
Havelock completed the 5 1/2-furlong turf race in 1:03.02 and paid $18.60 to win, $7.80 to place, and $4.80 to show. John Menary and Gail Cox's Something Extra, a grade II winner in Canada, returned $4 to place and $2.60 to show, and David Ross Racing Stable's Perfect Officer paid $3 to show. Also finishing within a half-length of the winner were Canuletmedowneasy and Next Question. Then came Hogy, Regally Ready, Berlino Di Tiger, and China.