Last Gunfighter wins Pimlico Special
Last Gunfighter fulfilled his role as the heavy favorite in the Pimlico Special, tracking down Eighttofasttocatch before pulling away to an easy victory Friday.
It was the sixth straight win for the dark brown colt, the third this year.
Trained by Chad Brown and ridden by Javier Castellano, Last Gunfighter gave his backers a scare before roaring from behind near the final turn. He covered 1 3/16th miles in 1:58.50 and won the Grade 3 race by 4 1/4 lengths.
He paid $3.20, $2.10 and $2.10.
Eighttofasttocatch finished second, Richard's Kid was third and Indian Dance took fourth.
Many of the finest horses in history have run in the Pimlico Special, including War Admiral in 1937 and Seabiscuit in 1938. The race was dropped in four of the previous five years because of a purse shortage.