The bubble burst early for the highly regarded Sacrebleu at Laurel yesterday when T.V. Hill left him in his wake through the stretch to win the featured Sham purse by four lengths.
Koorb, a 25-to-1 shot, finished second, four lengths before Sacrebleu, which went off at odds of 2 to 5. His third-place finish created a minus pool of $678.60.
Sacrebleu, which last week became the first of Secretariet's get to win in this country, was first out of the gate but was soon outrun by the entire field of four other horses. Pep Rally held the lead until the stretch turn wher T.V. Hill slipped to the lead along the rail, while Sacrebleu was trying to rally on the outside.
Apprentice Gene Eseman rode the $6.80 victor, which ran the mile in 1:371/5.
Today's feature at Laurel, the $40,000 added walter Haight Handicap for 3-year-olds and up going 11/8 miles, features Rushing Man and Gray Beret as the highweights and solid contenders.
Completing the field are Recitalist, Glorious Sheik, Do The Bump, Vambourine, Wing South, Take The Pledge, To The Tune, Gala Harry and Counter Punch.