Maxis Stable’s Enterprising took the lead in early stretch, and was just able to hold off a pair of gaining rivals at the wire to win Saturday’s G2 Muniz Memorial in a photo finish at the Fair Grounds. The 6-year-old son of Elusive Quality, ridden by Tyler Gaffalione, covered nine furlongs on the good turf in 1:48.41 for trainer Mike Maker, winning his second consecutive graded stake.
Longshot Sky Flight jumped out to take the early lead, stalked by One Mean Man, Roman Approval and Oscar Nominated through an opening quarter in 23.77 seconds. From there, Sky Flight eased up to mark the half in :48.27, allowing Granny’s Kitten and Enterprising to move up behind the leading foursome mid-way through the backstretch. Enterprising was well covered up along the rail in his stalking position, but had to angle out to get around Roman Approval.
Turning for home, One Mean Man and Oscar Nominated were moving together on the front end, but carried a bit wide and allowed Gaffalione to guide Enterprising up the rail. It wasn’t until the eighth pole that Enterprising made the lead, but once he had he refused to give it up despite strong rallies from both Kasaqui and Oscar Nominated. At the wire, it was Enterprising just in front of Kasaqui, with Oscar Nominated less than a half-length back in third. Bullards Alley made a big run from last to get up for fourth.
Bred in Florida by Glen Hill Farm, Enterprising has not run off the board since he was transferred to Maker’s barn last August. The gelding now boasts a record of 9-4-5 from 29 starts, with earnings of over $ 750,000.
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