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Classic Rock Bashes To Victory In G3 GP Sprint

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HALLANDALE BEACH, FL – Reeves Thoroughbred Racing’s Classic Rock fought hard to find space, but when he did, he was gone without question, taking Saturday’s Grade 3, $100,000 Gulfstream Park Sprint Stakes.

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Breaking well from post 4 under Luis Saez, Classic Rock quickly settled to sit just off the pace set by Rock and Fellers through opening splits of :22.24 and :45.44. Through the far turn, Classic Rock found himself stuck behind a slowing leader and sandwiched with foes to his outside, but Saez patiently waited for a hole to appear. Once it did, Classic Rock burst through with a strong turn of foot and drew off convincingly to win by 3 lengths in a final time of 1:18.32 for the 6-furlong sprint.

“We had a pretty nice trip, he broke very well,” Saez said. “We stayed on the fence because I saw the horse in front of me was getting out, so I knew we had the chance to get through, and thank God, we got through and won the race.”

95-1 longshot Sweetontheladies rallied hard down the stretch and beat out Eight Town for second by a neck. Mr. Jordan took fourth, extending his Gulfstream winless streak to 12. Unbridled Outlaw faded to fifth after pressing early, while the even-money favorite Favorable Outcome never fired and finished sixth. Richard the GreatExtravagant Kid, Rock and Fellers, and Noholdingbackbear completed the order of finish.

Classic Rock’s win improved his record to 9-5-0-0 with career earnings of $183,902. The 4-year-old son of MacLean’s Music earned his first graded score for trainer Kathy Ritvo on a track where he now has five wins in six starts.

“He ran a great race,” Ritvo said. “Luis rode a perfect race. The horse was ready today. He’s such a classy, classy horse. He’ll do whatever you ask him to do. He loves this track. He loves it here.”

Classic Rock returned $13.20 to win, $8 to place, and $6.40 to show. Sweetontheladies brought back $60.40 to place and $23 to show, while Show paid $ to show.

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