(NEW KENT, VA) — London Lane, sent off as the long shot in a field of eight at 50-1, pulled off a huge upset in the $300,000 Colonial Turf Cup (Gr. II) Saturday evening at Colonial Downs.
Horacio Karamanos, Colonial’s all time leading jockey, directed London Lane to the stunning come from behind three-quarter length victory over fast closing Hyper in the “Cup’s” 9th edition.
London Lane was seventh through most of the 1 3/16ths miles turf race, but made a wide move in mid-stretch stretch that enabled the 6 year old Langfuhr gelding to pass all the frontrunners. Trained by Larry Murray for owner/breeder Howard Bender, London Lane crossed in 1:55.94.
“The horse always tries”, said trainer Murray. “It may not always show in the final results, but he never gives up and tonite’s race proved that. I’m not completely surprised by the win,” added Murray. “I thought we had a shot to finish in the top three here, especially when I found out Karamanos was going to ride.”
Chad Brown’s Hyper took second and John Terranova’s Swift Warrior, who led most of the race, held on for a tight third.
The winner paid $102.60 and triggered a winning 4-2-5 trifecta return of $4,516.20. That was the largest payout in Turf Cup history. Jockey Karamanos had a similar upset ride in the 2007 Virginia Derby, when he guided Red Giant to victory at odds of 37-1.