Shake The Dice grabs lead on rail in homestretch, wins Hoover Stakes

January 21, 2003|By FROM STAFF REPORTS

Jockey Clinton Potts sent Shake The Dice through an inviting opening at the head of the lane and drove the gelding to victory in the $60,000 Hoover Stakes for older horses yesterday at Laurel Park.

Shake The Dice raced in an ideal stalking position around the far turn. When all three of the front-runners fanned wide straightening for home, Potts sent Shake The Dice into a gaping hole along the rail and powered through. He was home free.

The 5-year-old son of Boundary won his fifth straight start for trainer Scott Lake, this time running the six-furlong distance in 1 minute, 9.4 seconds. He finished three lengths ahead of a late-closing Griffinite. Captain Philip was third. Sassy Hound, the 3-5 favorite, tired and finished fourth.

The winner paid $7.80 and topped a $49.60 exacta. The trifecta paid $188.

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