Nasty And Bold cruised to the lead entering the Bowie stretch yesterday, responded to the heavy urging of jockey Jean Luc Samyn and drew away from the pacesetting Dave's Friend to win the $100,000 Governors Gold Cup by 2 1/2 lengths. He was timed in 1:50 for the 1 1/3 miles.
Star De Naskra was a well-beaten third, 10 lengths behind the second place finisher.
Sensitive Prince, even money favorite with the crowd of 12,947 fans, stopped suddenly with less than a half mile to go and wound up a distant last in the five horse field.
Nasty And Bold carried 123 pounds and brought his season earnings to $296,096. The 3-year-old paid $4.80 to win.
Trainer Phil G. Johnson, who once was turned down for stalls at Havre De Grace 30 years ago, received 10 percent of the winner's share of $70,200. The conditioner said of Nasty And Bold. "The colt returns to Belmont early tomorrow and will make one more start this year, the Discovery Handicap at Aqueduct on Oct. 28."
Jockey Vince Bracciale said of Dave's Friend. "He relaxed real good; was running easy: had no excuse."
Jacinto Vasquez rider of the disappointing Sensitive Prince said the horse couldn't handle the track. "He should have been head and head with Dave's Friend down the backstretch but he was struggling."
In his previous workout Sensitive Prince blew out a half-mile in :46 3-5 at Bowie.
French born jockey Samyn said of the runner-up. "She saved ground and ran well. She was no match for the winner."
In an earlier race, Oliver C. Goldsmith's Silver Ice came from behind to win the $25,000-added Caesar' Wish Stakes by four widening lengths over the favored English Trifle, which edged Debby's Turn for the place.
Silver Ice was ridden by leading jockey Thomas Kupfer, who overcame traffic problems on the first turn to maintain his favorable position along the rail.