GZS Stable, Inc.’s 4-year-old colt Dual Exhauzt captured the first stake of his career when a front-running winner of the $75,000 Kenny Noe Jr. Handicap for trainer Bill White.
“The plan was to take the lead and they let me,” winning rider Jesus Rios said. “From there, I just waited until I needed to ask him to run again, and when I did, he took off for me.”
Breaking from post six, Dual Exhauzt went right to the lead and set early splits of :22.75 and :45.63 in the six and one-half furlong dash. Black Diamond Cat made two runs at Dual Exhauzt getting alongside him midway around the far turn before Dual Exhauzt pulled away as they turned for home and opened up a 2 ½-length lead in mid-stretch. Black Diamond Cat would not give in however, and made another run at Dual Exhauzt. But Black Diamond Cat could not get any closer to Dual Exhaust than the final margin of a length and one-quarter at the wire. Dual Exhauzt went the six and one-half furlongs in 1:17.31. Close It Out finished third.
The Kenny Noe Jr. win was the fourth in 20 starts for the son of Alke, who has now put together two straight victories after ending an 11-race losing streak when a convincing local allowance winner on August 30.
The 4-year-old colt was bred in Florida by Starship Stables of Fort Lauderdale and Laurence F. Leavy of Davie. He is also a graduate of the Ocala Breeders’ Sale Company 2010 April Sale of Two Year Olds in Training, bringing a final bid of $55,000. He was consigned by Lynne Boutte in that auction.
Since there were only four starters in the Kenny Noe Jr. Stakes, there was no show wagering so Dual Exhaust paid $3.20 to win and $2.20 to place. Black Diamond Cat returned $3.00 to place.
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