Presto Presto came from far back to upset heavily favored Quiet Jay by a neck in the $32,850-added Terrapin Handicap at Bowie yesterday. Ruling One finished third in the five-horse field, five lengths behind the top pair.
Presto Presto is a homebred son of Wise Exchange and has been trained by Sergio Pradenas for eight months. Owner Robert P. Seward, a Baltimore insurance executive, said, "Presto will stay around here. There's the All Maryland Handicap at Timonium we'll shoot for."
Side Board, winner of a sprint race last week, took the lead in the Terrapin, followed closely by Quiet Jay. The pair ran that way until the far turn where jockey Jimmy Edwards sent the favorite up to challenge with less than a quarter-mile to go.
Side Board called it quits in midstretch and Quiet Jay appeared home free. However, jockey Rodrigo Hernandez, a Panamanian who was winning his first stakes race, moved boldly on the outside and put the winner to a strong drive to win in the last yards.
Presto Presto returned $12.60 after running the 1 1/16th miles of the Terrapin in a brisk 1:43 4/5. The crowd of 9,632 bet $1,095,075. CAPTION: Picture, Presto Presto, left, overhauls favored Quiet Jay in feature at Bowie. It was Rodrigo Hernandez" first stakes win. By Ellsworth Davis - The Washington Post