Rusty Spur finishes fast at Laurel

Colt wins by 3 lengths in Endless Surprise Stakes

Horse Racing

March 18, 2002|By FROM STAFF REPORTS

Michael Gill's Rusty Spur broke a step slowly but quickly made up for it by skimming the rail and racing to victory in the $50,000 Endless Surprise Stakes over a wet-fast Laurel Park track yesterday.

It capped a big weekend at Laurel for Gill, the second-leading owner in the nation, who also won Saturday's Harrison E. Johnson Handicap.

Rusty Spur, second in his previous two starts under jockey Oliver Castillo for trainer John Robb, proved his runner-up finish in the Grade II General George was no fluke by covering six furlongs in 1 minute, 9 4/5 seconds, winning by three lengths.

"He seemed to be standing fine in the gate, but that awkward start and my rushing him into the race seemed to help him finish even stronger," Castillo said. "He's got a couple of gears, actually, and shows his class every time."

Gill claimed Rusty Spur for $20,000 seven races back, and the colt has four wins.

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