Melrose Park, IL --- Looking more like a seasoned veteran than a 2-year-old making just his second lifetime start, Frank Baldachino and Earl J. Smith’s Gett’er Done Dune looped the field on the backstretch and then cruised to an easy 1-3/4 length victory over five other state-bred freshman pacing colts in Friday’s (June 27) $10,000 Enzo The Baker Stake at Maywood Park. The final time was 1:58.4.
|David Baum photo|
|Casey Leonard had Gett'er Done Dune on cruise control as they hit the wire with an easy win in Friday's $10,000 Enzo The Baker Stake at Maywood Park.|
Content to sit near the back of the pack as Just Do It Jesse (John De Long) strolled through leisurely splits of :30 and 1:00.3, driver Casey Leonard put Gett’er Done Dune into motion as the field moved by the halfway mark.
Not waiting for his cover to lead him into contention, Leonard quickly swung three and then four wide on the backstretch, sweeping from fifth to first with a move not seen very often on the half-mile oval as the field reached the three-quarter-mile mark in 1:30.2.
Quickly opening up a 2-1/2 length lead on his rivals around the final turn, the gelded son of Duneside Perch-Zsa Zsa Bilmac was under wraps through the lane as he reported home with his first career victory. Dakota Roadster (Robert Smolin) finished second while Quinnocchio (Kyle Wilfong), who tried to follow the winner’s big move, rallied to finish third.
An $1,800 yearling purchase, Gett’er Done Dune returned $3.40, $3.00 and $2.10 while upping his bankroll to $7,500 under the guidance of conditioner Kathy Millman.