Master Dunker Placed First In Hallandale Beach
HALLANDALE BEACH, FL – Get Away Farm Racing Stable’s Master Dunker, trained by David Fawkes and ridden by Luis Saez, was placed first Sunday in the $100,000 Hallandale Beach at Gulfstream.
While West Point Thoroughbred’s King Congie was first to cross the finish line, a head in front of Master Dunker, the Tropical Park Derby winner was disqualified and placed third for interfering down the stretch with Brilliant Speed, who unofficially finished third.
Ironically, both King Congie and Brilliant Speed are trained by Thomas Albertrani.
The official order of finish was: Master Dunker, Brilliant Speed, King Congie and Liberty Cap.
Master Dunker, a 3-year-old son of Imperialism who finished third Jan. 16 in the Dania Beach, covered a firm 1 1/16th mile turf course in 1:41.30 and returned $26.80.
The field chased Get Stormy past fractions of :23.33, :48.35 and 1:12.09 before Cozy Kitten took the lead turning for home. But Master Dunker was in hot pursuit and drove to the front while drifting out several paths down the stretch. Meanwhile, Master Dunker rallied inside King Congie.
Steward Don Brumfield explained the disqualification by saying; “Turning for home the King Congie kept coming out and took Brilliant Speed out three, four paths. There’s no way Brilliant Speed could have got by King Congie the way he was carrying him out.”
It was the third career victory in seven starts for Master Dunker, with two of those victories coming on the turf.
“He’s definitely a lot better on turf,” said Fawkes, who also trains champion sprinter Big Drama. “He got away a little slow last time and did it again today. Fortunately, they backed him out of the gate while they were having trouble loading the three (Liberty Cap). He was still a little fidgety and appeared to run in spots, but then we saw what happened in the stretch when they were all over the place. We’ll probably bring him back in the Palm Beach (Mar. 12). ”
Live racing resumes Wednesday with the Rainbow 6 Carryover at $20,231.