Crafty Guy, Camacho net Pimlico win

April 29, 2005|By FROM STAFF REPORTS

Yesterday's feature race at Pimlico wasn't a stakes race, but it was chock full of stakes-caliber horses. Five-year-old Crafty Guy, who was once a promising juvenile, recaptured the spirit of his youth with a gate-to-wire victory in the $38,000 optional/allowance.

Apprentice jockey Eric Camacho bolted to the lead with the chestnut son of Crafty Prospector, kept him focused on business down the backstretch and then turned back several crack sprinters to secure the win. Crafty Guy completed the six furlongs in 1 minute, 11.22 seconds and beat Cherokee's Boy by just a neck. Excellent Band finished a length further back in third.

The nine-horse field also included Little Matth Man, who competed in the 2004 Preakness, and multiple stakes winners Crossing Point and Deer Run.

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