FLORENCE, Ky. — Adriano, an A.P. Indy colt trained by Graham Motion, raced to the biggest win of his career Saturday, winning the $500,000 Lane's End Stakes at Turfway Park after taking control at the top of the stretch.
Jockey Edgar Prado put Adriano in contention going into the far turn, after running in midpack, then held off challengers down the lane to win by 2½ lengths ahead of Halo Najib.
Adriano ran 11/8 miles in 1 minute, 50.20 seconds — nearly two seconds off the track record on Turfway's Polytrack synthetic surface.
Motion decided on the Lane's End because turf horses often adapt to synthetic surfaces better than dirt. Last week, he said taking Adriano to the Kentucky Derby, on dirt, was unlikely. However, Motion said Saturday that he would now consult with owner Donald Adams.
On the undercard, Big Glen, trained by Frank Brothers and ridden by Rene Douglas, beat Mark Casse's Miner's Claim by a neck in the $100,000 Rushaway Stakes at 11/16 miles.
Maren's Meadow, trained by Larry Jones and ridden by Gabriel Saez, won the Grade 3 Bourbonette Oaks by 1¼ lengths over Valentine Fever.
Aqueduct: Rite Moment, a 4-year-old, earned another win for trainer Gary Contessa, rallying for a one-length victory over Your Flame in Me in the $143,900 Distaff Handicap for fillies and mares at the New York track.
Rite Moment, ridden by Rajiv Maragh, is 4-for-5 for Contessa, Aqueduct's leading trainer.
"She has exceeded all expectations," Contessa said after Rite Moment improved her overall record to five wins in 11 starts. "She comes back on two or three weeks' rest and always runs the same race."
In the Distaff, Rite Moment closely tracked the early leaders before angling outside to prevail in the biggest race of her career, earning $94,740. The time was 1:09.86 for the 6 furlongs.
Greyhounds: McAllister Kennels' Flyin Bridgeport ($6) and Turbo Penske ($5.20), Magic City's Gotta Havedreams ($7) and D'Arcy's Castle Princess (7.40) won first-round qualifying races in the $100,000 Distance Classic at Derby Lane in St. Petersburg. Flyin Bridgeport clocked the fastest 660-yard time at 37.72 seconds. Qualifying resumes Wednesday.
At Mardi Gras Racetrack in Hallandale Beach, Derby Lane standout Flying Stanley advanced to the Hollywood World Classic final on March 29 by winning his final qualifier.
Times correspondent Don Jensen contributed to this report.