David A. Ross’ Scuba took the lead shortly after the break and never relinquished it in Monday’s Grade 3 Greenwood Cup at Parx, earning his first graded stakes victory. The 5-year-old son of Tapit and Kendrick Carmouche covered 12 furlongs over the fast main track in 2:32.76 for trainer Brendan Walsh.
Nieto Mireyo broke very quickly out of the gate, but Scuba galloped on by him before the first turn to make the lead. Though the gelding maintained a course nearly five paths off the inside rail throughout the race, he kept steady fractions through the early going and had enough left to hold off the late closers down the lane. Scuba recorded splits of :25 3/5, :51 2/5, and 1:18 2/5 while maintaining a two-length advantage on the field.
Entering the far turn for the second time, Carmouche gave Scuba a bit more rein as Hawaakom tried to make up ground on the leader. Scuba, still five paths or so off the rail, managed to extend his lead down the stretch to win by five lengths in the end. Hawaakom was second, and Bodhisattva was third.
Bred in Kentucky by Palides Investments, Scuba was a $ 105,000 purchase at the 2014 Keeneland November breeding stock sale. The gelding now boasts a career record of 4-5-3 from 15 starts, with earnings of over $ 300,000.
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