Lea stalked the early speed of Uncaptured, moved up to take the lead as the field entered the far turn, sprinted away from his rivals at the top of the stretch, and then had plenty of gas left in the tank to withstand a late charge from favorite Will Take Charge to win the Donn Handicap at Gulfstream Park. At the wire, Lea stopped the timer in a Gulfstream Park track record 1:46.86. Longshot Viramundo got up to finish third while Bourbon Courage rounded out the superfecta.
Will Take Charge wasn't able to run down Lea in deep stretch but he ran a top-notch race given the huge performance by the winner. The favorite got a better pace to run at than what appeared to be possible on paper as Uncaptured and Lea carved out splits of 23.40, 47.21 and 1:10.90 through the first six furlongs. Lea began to take command at the midway point on the far turn and, from that point forward, Will Take Charge had the difficult task of trying to run down a very game winner.
Lea is a five-year-old horse by First Samurai out of a Galileo (IRE) mare (Greenery), trained by Bill Mott and ridden by Joel Rosario. His victory in the Donn is the first Grade 1 victory of his career following victories in the G3-Hal's Hope and G3-Commonwealth Turf.
Below are the results from the Donn Handicap:
|2-Will Take Charge||$3.40||$2.80|
|Base||Bet||Combo||Payout||Pays to -|