Keegan Ho hit the mile in 1:57.4, and in going sharp quarters in the third and fourth stanzas it looked like he had disposed of the challenge of Mr Right, who dropped back some coming off the final turn, with potential pocket rocket Hot Summer Knight looming the major danger. Hot Summer Knight did make the lead in the stretch but could not sustain it, as Mr Right found a bit more than his rivals and crossed the wire a neck to the good, with Keegan Ho reclaiming second by a nose.
The victorious son of Donato Hanover, trained and owned by Tate Lewis Jr. and a winner of $157,035, took a mark of 1:54.1 at The Downs earlier this year – uncovered – and Tuesday’s race showed his speed is complemented by gameness after coming back to catch not one but two rivals who had had a stretch lead before him.
Top pacing event was a $16,500 conditioned pace for mares, where the Shadow Play mare Tessa Seelster went to the lead past a 26.2 quarter, then posted middle splits of 55 and 1:22.2 en route to a 1:50.3 victory. Tessa, the 7-5 second choice to 4-5 chalk Marlee B, defeated that pocketsitting rival by 3½ lengths for driver Matt Kakaley, trainer Ron Burke, and owners Burke Racing Stable LLC, Weaver Bruscemi LLC, and Jonathan Newman while raising her lifetime tally to $474,253.