Doc's Rock, winner of the Survivor Stakes at Pimlico in April, made it two for two on the Pimlico turf course with a 3 1/4-length decision over Indigo Star in the $28,200 Annapolis Handicap at Old Hilltop yesterday.
The Maryland-bred gelding is owned, bred and trained by Charles and Sandra Stancer of Mt. Airy, Md. He earned $18,330 for his second stakes victory by covering the 11/16 miles under 118 pounds over a firm course in 1:45 3/5.
Doc's Rock, which was ridden superbly on the front end by veteran Herb Hinojosa, paid $22.40, $10 and $4.80 after being down-rated as the sixth choice in a field of eight 3-year-olds
Indigo Star, a victim of Affirmed in the Preakness two weeks ago, came from third position to take second and paid $7.40 and [WORD ILLEGIBLE] T.V. Hill, the 122-pound topweight and 3-for-1 favorite, paid $3 for show, another nose back.
The exacta combination of 8-6 was worth $212.20.
Hinojosa said of his winning mount. "He surprised me showing all that early speed. Although he stumbled early, he recovered quickly so I just let him stay where he was and he ran a bangup race."