The Lumber Guy lived up to his billiing with an impressive victory in Saturday’s $100,000 Miracle Wood Stakes at Laurel Park.
The son of Grand Slam, who earned a Beyer Speed Figure of 90 in a debut maiden score at Aqueduct, was sent off at 2-5 odds and won by a 4 1/4-length margin.
Sent to the post by trainer Michael Hushion, The Lumber Guy bobbled slightly at the start, then quickly opened a comfortable lead over his five foes and rolled to victory under jockey Julian Pimentel. The colt covered the 7-furlong distance in 1:23.22. Brimstone Island was second; Rocky Gap finished third.
“He came out of the gate and he bobbled a little bit,” said Pimentel. “Right away, he took off. I tried to slow him down as best I could. Around the turn he relaxed for me, and then when he felt (Brimstone Island) come to him, he took off again. He looks like a nice horse. He did that very easily. It was impressive.”
The winner paid $2.80. The exacta paid $11. The trifecta returned $36.20.
Favorites won eight of the 10 races on the Saturday card. The average win mutual on the day was $5.20.
--Edited Maryland Jockey Club release