A crowd of 16,072 racing fans looked on in sunny weather yesterday at Bowie as Ten Ten led every step of the way to beat Game Prince in the $25,000-added General George Stakes by three-quarters of a length in a driving finish. Gala Forecast wound up third, a half-length behind Game Prince.
Ten Ten, part of a King Leatherbury-trained entry that included Indigo Star, had been beaten by Game prince last week in the Burch Stakes won by Droopy. However, when Game Prince made his move to challenge Ten Ten yesterday, Chris McCarron could not ride him effectively as he lugged in throughout the stretch run.
Ten Ten paid $7 to win and ran the 1-1/16 miles in 1:45 4/5 over a track that favored inside speed horses.Last week horses that closed strongly from the outside appeared to have the edge.
Jockey Bill Passmore said of Ten Ten, "This one was for Little Butchie (deceased jockey Eugene Eseman). This colt rated well and I had to keep into him to hold off Game Prince."
McCarron, obviously igonoring his mount's tendency to lug in, said, "Thought I had him. When Passmore went left-handed in the stretch he (Ten Ten) got a late spurt."
The mutuel handle reached $1,809,163 on the 10-race card.