The only “upset” in the four Sire Stakes championships came when the Heston Blue Chip-Bettor Be Steamin colt Fulton powered to the lead in front of the stands and, at 2-1, went on to defeat favored Annapolis Hanover in 1:51.3.
Lousain Bolt had the speed of his “namesake” to reach the lead by the :26.2 quarter, but after that marker came moves from Bugaboo Lou, Fulton and Annapolis Hanover — in that order. The first two were successful in making the top before the :54.1 half, but Annapolis Hanover was not and left out to dry. Dexter Dunn kept Fulton rolling up the backstretch under pressure from the chalk, hitting the three quarters in 1:21.4 and then drawing clear midway on the far turn. It was a mad scramble for second, with Annapolis Hanover coming back with rare gameness to save the runner-up spot, though four lengths back.
Linda Toscano trains Fulton, now a four-time winner with over $232,000 on his card, for Let It Ride Stables Inc. and Bottom Line Racing LLC.
In the consolation, Lyons Stealth was the favorite after winning three Stallion Series divisions (and an Arden Downs division) but chose to come to Philly for the PASS consolation. He set the pace, but second choice Captain Mikey, after sitting in the two-hole behind him, pulled out with three-sixteenths to go and went on to victory by 1-1/4 lengths while equaling his mark of 1:53.4. Long shot Can’t Sway Me also got by the pacesetter late. Captain Mikey is a Captaintreacherous-Lorrie Please gelding driven by Dexter Dunn for trainer Jake Huff and owners Our Three Sons Stable LLC and Rosalia Huff.