Friday, April 8, 2016

Manhattan Dan Wires Field in Fisher Island

Manhattan Dan led gate to wire  and won Friday's $60,000 Fisher Island Handicap  at Gulfstream Park, setting himself up for a likely run in a rich race at Royal Ascot  in England.

Manhattan Dan, the 1-5 favorite, was ridden by Elvis Trujillo and won in a fast 55.03 seconds in the five furlong turf stakes for  3-year-olds.  Final Encore, the 7-2 second betting choice, finished second.

Trainer Gary Contessa used the Fisher Island as a prep for the Commonwealth Cup (Group 1) to be run at Royal Ascot on  June 18.  The race has a purse of approximately $588,000 (400,000 pounds sterling) for 3-year-olds going six furlongs over a straight turf course. 
--Jim Freer

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