Gary Barber, Wachtel Stable and Terp Racing's Still Having Fun came from well off the pace to upset Saturday's G2 Woody Stephens Stakes at 13-1, besting Engage by 1 1/4 lengths on the line. The 3-year-old son of Old Fashioned, bred in Maryland, covered seven furlongs over Belmont Park's fast main track in 1:21.45. Ridden by Joel Rosario, Still Having Fun gave trainer Tim Keefe his first graded stakes victory in the Woody Stephens; race-favorite World Of Trouble pressed the pace and wound up fourth.
“It feels great,” Keefe said. “I was hoping it would coincide with my 500th win, too, but I'll take it. This is great. I'm just thankful to Gary [Barber] and Adam [Wachtel] for buying into this horse and having the faith to keep him with me, and thank Jim Scott and Terp Racing for over the years supporting me with a lot of horses.”
The speedy Promises Fulfilled flew out of the gate, racing alongside favorite World of Trouble through early fractions of :21.46 and :43.68. Meanwhile, Engage was near mid-pack and Still Having Fun was traveling near the rear of the field.
Rounding the far turn, World of Trouble headed Promises Fulfilled, but Promises Fulfilled battled back and never quit trying all the way down the stretch. Engage was making his bid on the outside, but Still Having Fun came flying down the center of the track to get up for the win. Still Having Fun crossed the wire 1 1/4 lengths ahead of Engage, while Promises Fulfilled held third over World of Trouble.
“I had a perfect trip because there was a lot of speed in front of me,” said Rosario. “He was very comfortable. He was a little far back but i was just waiting until we were turning for home to set him down and ride him. By the eighth pole, I knew I had it. He has such a big stride.”
Bred in Maryland by trainer Tim Keefe and Mr. and Mrs. Charles McGinnes, Still Having Fun is out of the Dehere mare Casual Kiss. He won a maiden claiming event in his first career start at Laurel, and captured his first listed stakes race two starts later. Most recently, Still Having Fun was second in the listed Chick Lang Stakes at Pimlico. Overall, the colt has won four of his eight starts for earnings of over $450,000.
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