Top Two Clearly Best
The Woodford Reserve Patton Stakes at Dundalk was won by Crossfirehurricane (Kitten's Joy). Choice of Mine, the filly Orchid Gardens and Dutch Admiral followed. Nine ran.
Choice of Mine is Triple Crown-nominated, and the other top three finishers are not.
Final time for the one-turn, one-mile (actually 1,609 meters) Patton was not available at this post. The turn is left-handed.
Choice of Mine led the field into the stretch, while Crossfirehurricane stalked under Shane Crosse. At the top lane, Choice of Mine turned back a cavalry charge, but the Joseph O'Brien-trained Crossfirehurricane was resolute and came on strong inside the eighth pole. Choice of Mine grudgingly gave way to be beaten one-half length. It was about 2 1/2 lengths back to the third finisher.
Crossfirehurricane was favored at even money at TwinSpires.com. Nine ran.
By Dick Downey