Halfway through Sunday’s $54,210 Luther Burbank Handicap, jockey Dennis Carr thought he was destined to be an also-ran aboard Trend.
“We were in last place and that certainly wasn’t where I expected to be early in the race,” he said. “He has some early speed, so being so far back early, I thought maybe he didn’t like the turf.”
On the final turn, Carr steered Trend to the outside and he couldn’t believe what happened next.
“The horse took off with me,” the jockey said. “He had a gear I didn’t know he had.”
The duo came into the stretch four-wide and wore down favored Black Spirit in the final yards en route to a half-length victory.
“He has a tremendous turn of foot,” Carr said. “Black Spirit wasn’t slowing down. I was really impressed.”
Trend, trained by Hall of Famer Richard Mandella, vanned up from Southern California for the Burbank. His owner, Stone Farm of Lexington, Ky., collected $32,500 as the winner’s share.
The seven-year-old wasn’t fancied by the public and paid $16.60 for each $2 win bet.
Carr, Alejandro Gomez and Ricardo Gonzalez each rode two winners on Sunday.