Philly Ace reeled in Hollinger in deep stretch to score a half-length victory in the $100,000 Tropical Turf Handicap (gr. IIIT) at Calder Race Course.
The victory was the first graded stakes win for the 4-year-old gelded son of Smart Strike, who races as a home bred for Brushwood Stable.
Philly Ace, who entered the race off a third-place finish to Boisterous in the Red Smith Handicap (gr. II), was rated in mid-pack throughout much of the race by jockey Luis Saez. As the field entered the homestretch, Saez moved Philly Ace off the hedge and into the clear on the outside, and the gelding charged past longtime leader Hollinger for the victory.
Hollinger held on for second, with Empire Builder finishing third. Final time for the nine furlongs was 1:49.1 over the firm turf course.
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