Rumor Has It [$35,80, $17.40, $8.20] was sent off as the longest price in the field of eight but someone forgot to tell the four-year-old gelding as he posted a gate to wire victory in the $60,000 John Henry Stakes, the sixth race on Saturday night at the Meadowlands.
Rumor Has It, ridden by Harry Vega and trained by Hamilton Smith, covered the mile and three-eighths on the turf in 2:14.1, drawing off to a two and a quarter length victory over Westmoreland Road [$8.60, $6.40]. It was another nose to Publisher’s Phil [$7.40] who closed well for third.
Rumor Has It, owned by James F. Glenn and William S. Patterson, now has three wins and three seconds in 11 starts this year. The son of Awesome Again was making his stakes debut in the John Henry and earned $36,000, lifting his career bankroll to $87,400.
In two other stakes on the program, victories were posted by Schedule and Pegasusbystorm.
In the $60,000 Honey Bee for fillies and mares going a mile and a sixteenth on the main track, carded as the seventh race, Schedule [$11.20, $8.00, $5.20] turned in a front running effort, holding off Defrere’s Venture [$13.00, $7.60] to win by a length and a half in 1:44 flat. Ask Queenie [$4.80] was third b a nose. Schedule, ridden by Eddie King and trained by Alan Goldberg, races in the name of the Jayeff B Stables.
In a showcase for two-year-olds, Hidden Creek Farm LLC’s Pegasusbystorm [$13.40, $8.00, $2.20] held off Wilentz [$7.00, $2.10] and survived a claim of foul to win the $60,000 Storm Cat, the eighth race, by a length and a quarter. Saint Augustus [$2.10, coupled with Up an Octave] was third by six and a quarter lengths. The Michael Matz trained Pegasusbystorm, a son of Fusaichi Pegasus, now has two wins in three career starts. Jose Caraballo was in the irons for the colt’s first start in a stakes. The mile and a sixteenth was timed in 1:44 flat.