Con Lima takes Honey Ryder, Well Defined wins Big Drama
Con Lima was much the best in the $75,000 Honey Ryder for 3-year-old fillies at Gulfstream Park on Saturday.
Con Lima paid $3.80 and posted a final time of 1:40.57 in the 1 1/16-mile race contested over turf rated good.
With Paco Lopez aboard, Con Lima broke alertly from the outside post in the nine-horse field, pressed Por Que No though a half-mile in 47.15 seconds, took over the lead on the stretch turn, and drew off to win by a decisive four lengths. Karakatsie came from a stalking position to finish second with Mischievous Dream hanging on to finish third.
The Texas-bred daughter of Commissioner is trained by Todd Pletcher.
The $75,000 Big Drama for Florida-bred 3-year-olds and up lacked intrigue when half of the eight horses entered scratched.
There also was not a lot of drama after the 6-5 favorite Well Defined took over the lead soon after the start. He paid $4.20 for his 4 1/2-length victory over R Mercedes Boy, who pressed the winner the whole way in the seven-furlong dash on the main track. Old Chestnut was third at every call with Glory of Florida breaking last and never threatening.
The final time was 1:22.30
The 5-year-old gelding by With Distinction was ridden by Emisael Jaramillo.
He is trained by his owner Kathleen O’Connell.