HALLANDALE, FLA., FEB. 3 -- Perfect Spy, an 8-to-1 longshot, raced past Kentucky Derby favorite Forty Niner today to win the $89,025 Hutcheson Stakes at Gulfstream Park.

"This horse really blossomed after he came to Florida, and he seems to love this race track," said Skip Shapoff, trainer of the Canadian-bred winner.

"If you're going to lose, this is the time to get beat," Forty Niner's trainer Woody Stephens said after the 3-year-old colt lost his season debut. "The year is young. He hadn't run in over two months and the jock {Eddie Maple} had to rush him more than he wanted when he got in between horses right after the start."

Forty Niner, the Kentucky Derby favorite in the future book wagering at the Frontier Hotel in Las Vegas, is also considered one of the nation's fastest horses.

Perfect Spy, ridden by Juan-Luc Samyn, ran seven furlongs in 1:23 and paid $19, $5, and $2.40. Second-place Forty Niner paid $2.80 and $2.10, and third-place Notebook paid $2.20 to show.

Perfect Spy carried 114 pounds, eight less than Forty Niner.

Perfect Spy, a Canadian-bred son of Stonewalk owned by R.B. Cohen, won $52,335 of the purse..

Forty Niner is scheduled to make his next start in the Fountain of Youth Stakes, Feb. 15, a major precursor for the Kentucky Derby.