Klassic Strawfly Upsets Jimmy Drake Stakes
The 10-year-old gelding earns his first stakes win in nearly four years Friday at SunRay Park.
May 26, 2016
Klassic Strawfly scored one for the senior set on Friday, as the 10-year-old gelding pulled off an upset victory in the 400-yard, $33,800 Jimmy Drake Stakes (RG3) for New Mexico-breds at SunRay Park.
Racing for Yaneth Cabrera and aided by an 18-mph tail wind, Klassic Strawfly defeated JJs Fast Cash RF by a clear 1 1/4 lengths in :19.180 and earned a 105 speed index. Alejandro Medellin rode the sorrel son of Genuine Strawfly for trainer Ron Stephens.
Klassic Strawfly was bred by his trainer. Sent to post at odds of 21-1, he returned a $45.80 win mutuel and paired with JJs Fast Cash RF for a $2 exacta payoff of $200.40.
Klassic Strawfly has won 12 of his 89 starts, including three of his last four, and the $20,280 winner's share of the purse from his second lifetime stakes victory increased his bankroll to $398,728. The gelding's win marked his first in a stakes in nearly four years, when he won the 2012 edition of the Jimmy Drake.
Downwiththequickness ran third, 2 1/4 lengths behind Klassic Strawfly, and was followed by Justified By Chicks, 9-10 favorite Major Moonflash, and A Blazin Flash.
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