FLORENCE — Furthest Land carried jockey Garrett Gomez to his third straight stakes win of the day with his neck victory over Dubious Miss in the $200,000, Grade II Kentucky Cup Classic at Turfway Park on Saturday.
Sligovitz finished third, and Hold Me Back, the 4-to-5 favorite, finished sixth of nine.
Earlier on the card, Gomez won the $100,000 Kentucky Cup Distaff and the $100,000 Kentucky Cup Sprint
"When we got Garrett, my confidence skyrocketed," Furthest Land trainer Mike Maker said.
Dubious Miss took the lead entering the stretch and reluctantly gave way to the winner, who completed the 11⁄8 miles in 1:481⁄5. Furthest Land returned $14.40, $6.60 and $3.80 at odds of 6-to-1. The exacta returned $69.00, and the trifecta paid $557.00.
"He broke running and got a little aggressive on me, so I eased him back," Gomez said. "He was pulling hard so I thought he was telling me something."
Trainer Bill Mott, who won the Kentucky Cup Distaff with Indescribable, offered no excuses for Hold Me Back's performance.
"Not much explanation at this point," Mott said. "There wasn't anything obvious. He just never looked interested in the race. He was never really traveling well. I mean, he was never really into the bridle and going as good as you'd like."
Furthest Land improved his record to seven wins in 15 starts and has now earned $329,089 with the winner's share of $121,780.
Sumacha'hot wins Maryland Million
LAUREL, Md. — Sumacha'hot rallied late to win the $200,000 Maryland Million Classic at the Jim McKay Maryland Million on Saturday.
The son of Mojave Moon has won six out of 10 races this year and was victorious in the Classic with a time of 1:50.26, ahead of the defending champion, Cuba. Regal Solo was third.
Broadway Producer finished fourth and missed a chance at becoming the second horse in Maryland Million history to win the Classic and Turf in back-to-back years.
The event, founded in 1986, was officially named the Jim McKay Maryland Million earlier this year after a vote by the Maryland General Assembly. McKay, a Hall of Fame broadcaster, helped develop the race, which is restricted to the offspring of Maryland-based stallions. McKay was chairman of the board until his death on June 7, 2008.
Rip Van Winkle takes Queen Elizabeth II
ASCOT, England — Rip Van Winkle won the Queen Elizabeth II Stakes at Ascot by holding off Zacinto with a late surge for a 1¾-length victory on Saturday. Johnny Murtagh rode the 8-13 shot. Zacinto finished second, less than a length ahead of Delegator.