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Dudley Studley prevails for 14th victory

GRANTS PASS — Dudley Studley would not be denied Monday evening at Grants Pass Downs.

Scoring his 14th career victory, the 9-year-old gelding held off Mystic Wood Force in the final strides for a nose victory in the featured $6,600 starter allowance for 3-year-olds and up.

Ridden by David Martin, Dudley Studley ran 5 furlongs in 58.51 seconds and paid $11.60 to win. Quinn Howey is the winning trainer for owner Tawnja Elison of Eagle, Idaho.

Breaking from the No. 1 post position, Dudley Studley dueled with 8-to-5 second choice All About Time, as the speedsters set fractions of 21.82 and 45.29 for the quarter and half mile. Dudley Studley got the better of All About Time into the stretch, and then held off a wall of closers, including a surging Mystic Wood Force.

“We had speed on the rail at 5 furlongs, so you have to go (for the lead),” Howey said. “Dudley Studley ran hard the whole way. He ran a great race.”

Howey, who also saddled first-race winner Jungle Boy ($3.20), tops the thoroughbred and overall standings with 11 wins.

A California-bred by Benchmark, Dudley Studley is 14-14-9 from 75 lifetime starts with earnings of $94,330.

Mystic Wood Force, a 14-to-1 long shot ridden by Eduardo Gutierrez-Sosa, just missed his bid for a second straight victory. The consistent 6-year-old gelding is 4-4-2 in 14 starts at Grants Pass Downs.

Sonic Boy, ridden by Jose Figueroa, finished third at odds of 28-to-1, while Vix Hero, All About Time, Starboard List and Licorice Drop Pops rounded out the order of finish. Licorice Drop Pops, the 7-to-5 betting favorite, raced wide and gave way in the stretch.

In a racing rarity, the horses crossed the wire in post-position order: 1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6, 7.

On-track attendance was 475 and the total mutuel handle was $308,327

ADEQUAN QUALIFIERS: Monday’s second and third races were trials for the $30,000 added Adequan Grants Pass Derby Challenge, to be run July 5.

Seattle Cartel posted the fastest qualifying time, winning race three in 19.614 seconds under Taylor Smith for trainer Jose Rosales Gomez and owner Javier Olmos.

In fact, race three posted the fastest three qualifiers — Seattle Cartel, Lionized and One Sweet Lippy. Relentless Six, winner of race two, is the fourth fastest qualifier with a time of 19.920.

There was a disqualification in each trial. In race two, Not Another Lover finished sixth and was placed eighth for interference. And in race three, No Juans Fool finished third and was placed eighth for interference.

NOTES: Following Monday’s sixth race, Grants Pass Downs chief operating officer and director of racing Rod Lowe was presented with a belt buckle for his 20 years as president of the Southern Oregon Horse Racing Association. ... Mckenzie King, Bryson Butterfly and Jaime Lopez Jr. each rode two winners Monday. ... The $0.50 Jackpot Pick 5 carryover is up to $57,167.