Stay Hungry equals record in Cane Pace
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Stay Hungry used an explosive last quarter to catapult to victory Saturday, August 4 at the Meadowlands, capturing the $281,000 Cane Pace for sophomore colt and gelding pacers in a time of 1:47.3. The time equaled the stakes record, set by Dealt A Winner in the first jewel of the Pacing Triple Crown in 2015. The O’Brien Award winner was followed across the wire by Grant Teton and Babes Dig Me. Meadowlands Pace champion Courtly Choice finished fourth.
Drawing post three in the afternoon’s seventh race, Stay Hungry and Doug McNair got away near the back of the field as 70-1 I’m A Big Deal and Scott Zeron called the shots early. The longshot would click off fractions of :25.3, :53.3 and 1:20.2 with This Is The Plan following and Nutcracker Sweet mounting a challenge on the outside. Turning for home, McNair could see the field, and he angled Stay Hungry wide, shooting a gap between horses. Once in the clear, the Somebeachsomewhere-My Little Dragon colt came flying down the center of the track, rallying to win for the third time in eight seasonal starts.
Trained by Tony Alagna for owners Brad Grant and Irwin Samelman, Stay Hungry took a new mark with the win. The victory also pushed his seasonal earnings to $369,150. His career bankroll is now $904,892. The colt returned $9.40, $5.00 and $3.40 with the victory.