Robert Bone's Completed Pass earned the first stakes victory of his career in Friday afternoon's $100,000 Jim McKay Turf Sprint Stakes at Pimlico, scoring as the 6-5 favorite in the field of six starters. The 5-year-old gelded son of Pass Rush and jockey Victor Carrasco covered five furlongs over the “good” turf in 57.35 seconds, defeating 30-1 longshot Tempt Me Twice by a length at the wire. Trained by Claudio Gonzalez, the Indiana-bred has won three of his four starts this season.
“The post position helped, being on the outside on a fast horse,” said Carrasco. “The instructions were to go on. He broke sharp, good enough, and I just made sure I was right there, the first one or two. Turning for home I was right there. When I said 'go' he gave me a nice kick and he got it done.”
Completed Pass was up alongside pacesetter American Sailor in the early going, no more than a half-length behind through a first quarter in 21.39 seconds. Racing around the far turn, Carrasco struggled to keep his gelding racing in a straight line; he was wanting to move toward the rail but American Sailor was still there.
Finally straightening out Completed Pass, Carrasco asked him to run and the gelding responded to pull away by a length in the stretch. Tempt Me Twice was up close early and hung on to finish second over Tricks to Doo, with Oldies but Goodies checking in fourth. American Sailor and Clever Triad completed the order of finish, while Bound For Nowhere, New York's Finest and Pure Sensation were all scratches.
Bred in Indiana by Swifty Farms, Completed Pass broke his maiden at Indiana at first asking by 4 3/4 lengths. He ran twice more as a sophomore without finding the winner's circle, but won both his allowance starts in 2018. This year, the gelding is a neck away from being undefeated, and the McKay is his first stakes win. Overall, Completed Pass has won six of his nine starts for earnings of over $180,000.
“All the time he showed to me a lot of speed, that's why we put him in the sprint when we took him to Charles Town [an allowance win at 4 1/2 furlongs]. He proved he could run,” said Gonzalez. “Then we tried him on grass, and he ran big the last time. Today, he had tough competition, but with the scratches we had, we thought he had a big chance. He's a little funny. He doesn't switch leads at the right time. But I know he can run.”
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