Mister Virgin got back to his winning ways on Monday taking the President’s Day $10,500 feature pace in 1:50.3 with Tony Morgan driving.
After Cashendash Hanover (Tim Tetrick) fired away to the lead after the start, then Tony Morgan moved into the lead and was not challenged on the way to an easy victory with Cashendash Hanover holding second with Hide Me Away (Russell Foster) the third finisher.
After running up a half-dozen consecutive wins at the start of the meet, the Always A Virgin - Miss Picasso gelding was claimed in mid-January and the week after Ron Davis moved the brown gelding up to the $25,000 ranks without success, he returned to the $17,500 level for trainer Brooks Gray and again resumed to dominate the class this week. .
For the second time in three starts, Wayne Long driving Nice Stuff came from off the pace from fourth to score another longshot victory, this time at 15-1 after a similar victory at 18-1 on Jan. 22 for owners Clean-N-Green Stable. Coupled with first race winner Share A Horse Inc.’s Duckie’s Dynasty trained by Jim Porter and driven by Joe Fellows, a $72.80 daily double payoff. Monday’s second race 6-1 exacta wit Nice Stuff and Mr. Jubilant (Art Stafford Jr.) paid $235.80 and with Broadway Joe (Rick Murphy) third, the 6-1-4 trifecta returned $2,488.