Forwardly placed from the start of the marathon turf race, Spooky Channel ($3.20) got a nose in front of last year’s winner Stratton, to which he was conceding 7 pounds, with Arizona Moon finishing third in the field of ten older horses.
Trained by Clay Brinson and ridden to the moment by leading rider Francisco Arrieta, the Terry Hamilton-owned Spooky Channel covered the distance in 3:10.61 to remain undefeated in five outings this year. The 4-year-old English Channel gelding has finished no worse than second in 8 career efforts.
$50,000 Turf Paradise Spring Futurity
The Molly Pearson-trained Bootytama ($4.80) remained undefeated in two starts by posting an impressive 5-length victory over By the Way with Last Punch third in the field of eight 2-year-olds.
Owned by Jeremy Ramsland, Bottytama covered the 5-furlongs in :57.04
Francisco Arrieta led the jockeys’ colony with 194 wins, the second highest number of victories for a rider since Pat Steinberg’s record of 229 wins in 1988.
Robertino Diodoro captured his sixth consecutive trainers’ title with 68 victories. And Robert Garvey, one of Diodoro’s major owners, led all owners with 34 tallies.