Sunday, March 29, 2009

Break On Through

Just two months removed from his mystery showing in the Donn Handicap, Bullsbay (Tiznow) captured his first stakes win in the $50,000 Harrison E. Johnson Saturday at Laurel.

The Donn effort was out of character from the ultra-consistent 5-year-old. Before that bizarre afternoon, Bullsbay hadn't finished more than three lengths back of the winner in any of his 11 career starts. Sent off at 6-1 that day, Bullsbay was moving along nicely, but soon faltered and was eased by jockey John Velazquez.

Since, Bullsbay rebounded with a second in Laurel's John Campbell before breaking his stakes-maiden Saturday.

In Saturday's slop, Bullsbay dropped back early as Crimson Comic set a half mile pace of :48.35. Turning for home, Jeremy Rose angled Bullsbay towards the rail and he swallowed up the Laurel stretch. He finished the final 1/8 of a mile in 12.34, three-quarters of a length ahead of Senior.

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