Go Max and Scott Stevens got up in the final strides of the one mile and seven-eights turf marathon to best 2-5 defending champion Blue Bomber with Sir Searsucker finishing third in the field of eight older horses.
Owned by Doug Blair and trained by Debbie O’Brien, Go Max covered the distance over firm going in 3:11.42 and returned $25.80 for a $2 win wager.
In the co-featured $74,000 Open Spring Futurity, 1-9 favorite Squeeze Me ($2.20) with Ry Eikleberry up was an easy 6 ¼ length winner over Rocky Rogue with Primo Touch third in the field of ten 2-year-olds.
Owned and trained by Kevin Eikleberry, Squeeze Me, one of six fillies in the race, covered the 5-furlongs in :59.09. Now a perfect two-for-two, Squeeze Me earned $43,236 for her victory.
Leading rider honors went to Andrew Ramgeet with 107 wins. It was the Jamaican-born rider’s first title in his second season at the track. David Lopez finished second with 98 wins and eight-time leading rider Scott Stevens third with 96 wins
Robertino Diodoro won his fourth consecutive trainer’s title with 84 victories. One of Diodoro’s mainstays, Charles Garvey, won the owner’s title with 22 victories, one more than Silva Racing with 21 tallies.
Turf Paradise will conduct summer simulcasting from major race tracks, seven-days a week. Live racing will return in mid-October.