LAUREL -- Yesterday was a banner day for the Fenwick family at Laurel Race Course.
Charles III notched the biggest upset of the live card, guiding 50-1 shot Smart Jaune to a nose decision over Maryland Moon in the $75,000 Humphrey S. Finney Stakes.
Two hours earlier, his father, Charles Jr., saddled Three Bells For Me to victory in the better of two steeplechase races, a $19,000 handicap.
Smart Jaune, a winner only once in 10 previous starts, laid well off the pace and then came roaring through the middle lane in the 1 1/16-mile event on the grass.
"I decided to take him way back," said Fenwick. "He has always been kind of close, then hangs. Frannie [trainer Francis Campitelli] deserves all the credit. Frannie loved this horse right from the start."
"The horse really got bothered in his last couple races," said Campitelli. "But he trains well and I thought he deserved a shot in here."
Larry Reynolds, aboard Maryland Moon, lodged an objection against the winner for interference around the final turn, but it was disallowed by the stewards.
The 6-5 favorite, Older But Smarter ran fourth, two lengths off the winner and jockey Andrea Seefeldt said "[Mario] Pino [aboard pacesetter Ameri Valay] almost put me over the fence three times and it cost me the race."
Smart Jaune's time of 1 minute, 41 1/5 seconds was a stakes record, bettering by a full second the previous best. That followed a record-setting win by the Fenwick-Campitelli team in the 10th race when Logan's Mist tied the turf course record of 1:34 for a mile.
In the first steeplechase events at Laurel since 1961, Victoria Schlesinger rallied Fenwick's Three Bells For Me to a 1 1/2 -length victory and Summit Point out-finished Political Profit in a tough drive under Joe Walsh.
The races, both about 2 1/4 miles over national fences on the turf course, were completed in identical time (4:15 1/5) and both winners paid $6.40 straight.