Herman Van Den Broeck's homebred Singanothersong wore down 6-5 favorite Star Harbour in the stretch to claim his first stakes win in Saturday's Grade 3, $100,000 Mr. Prospector Stakes at Gulfstream Park.
"We thought (Star Harbour) would be on the lead and we thought we'd just lay off him," trainer Ronald Pellegrini said. "We thought he could take the lead anytime he wanted, and we were pretty confident he would win.
"It was harder for other people to realize it than us. This is a pretty nice horse. The track wasn't playing that fast all day. It looked like he had a lot left, and (jockey) Juan (Leyva) said he had a lot more if he wanted it.
Singanothersong pressed the pace on the outside as Star Harbour set opening fractions of :22 1/5 and :44 3/5. Those two dueled before Singanothersong took over the lead nearing the eighth pole and edged away to a 1 3/4-length victory.
"It worked out just like I thought," Leyva said. "I wanted to make sure the No. 3 horse (Star Harbour) didn't get away with easy fractions. I knew my horse is a nice horse and I wanted to give him every chance to win the race. I knew he could do it. The first time I sat on this horse, I loved him and told Ron, this is a nice horse."
Fort Loudon got up late for second, a length ahead of third-place finisher Star Harbour. Black Diamond Cat, Travelin Man, Apriority, Trinni Heart and Upgrade rounded out the order of finish.
Singanothersong crossed the wire in 1:09 4/5 for the six-furlong contest over the good main track as the 4-1 third choice and paid $10.80 to his supporters for the score. He now sports a record that stands at 14-4-5-3 and $198,935 in lifetime earnings.
"This horse is pretty fast," Pellegrini said. "We've worked very hard getting him to rate. Like I told my owner, I said, 'If I can teach this horse how to rate, believe me, we're going to have a lot nicer horse than you ever thought we did.'"
The son of Songandaprayer broke his maiden by 6 1/2 lengths at Calder in his second start in July 2012. He made six more starts last year before returning to the winner's circle in his three-year-old debut, an optional claiming race at Gulfstream on January 4. The gray Kentucky-bred would finish sixth in his graded bow the following month, the Grade 2 Hutcheson, but followed it with a good second in the Grade 3 Swale in March.
Singanothersong recorded a third in his next start, the Big Drama in late April at Calder, but was sidelined for more than six months following a knee operation. He came back to place in an optional claiming race over this track in October and was exiting an optional claiming win here just last month.
"When he came back this year after a knee operation, he's run three bang-up races in a row. We'll just weigh our options and see where we want to go from here," said Pellegrini, when asked what would be next.
"I think now, because he can rate (seven furlongs) is (within his scope). Our ultimate plan is to try and get him to the Breeders' Cup Sprint next year. We're going to pick spots and not over race him and do whatever we can to get him there."
Singanothersong is out of the stakes-placed Cactus Ridge mare Mims Eppi, who is a half-sister to multiple stakes winner Goodbar. His third dam is champion Our Mims, a half-sister to 1978 Triple Crown runner-up and top sire Alydar. His female family also includes Grade 1 winners Elmhurst and Continuously.