Highly Thought Of made win number one in 2013 an exciting one for trainer Tom Gummerson.
Dismissed by the betting public as the longest shot on the board at 22-1, the race seemed to be going that way of the odds as Mike Merton guided Highly Thought Of around in 7th as the 5/2 second choice Runaway Tray led the field thru fractions of 27.4, 56.2, and 1:24.3.
At the top of the stretch, Runaway Tray was on E and the mares behind her fanned out as 3 lengths covered the entire field. Highly Thought Of was moved 4 wide off the last turn and rallied in deep stretch to win by neck in 1:55.1. Getting up for 2nd was the other longshot, Camilla The Terror, who also rallied from the back following the eventual winner. The longshots produced a $672 exacta.
Greg Merton had a hat trick on the night and the birthday boy Phil Fluet picked up a driving double.
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by Jason Bluhm