Progressive sprinter Apriority (4h Grand Slam x Midway Squall, by Storm Bird) overcame a stumble at the start to score a thrilling last stride win in the Grade III Mr Prospector Stakes at Gulfstream.
The David Fawkes trained colt nearly fell to his knees shortly at the break, but recovered quickly to drive through and settle in fourth place.
He powered to the line for Luis Saez, poking his head out on the line to score a nose victory in the six furlong dash.
“He stumbled really badly out of the gate and at that point I thought I had no chance,” Saez said.
“He did the same exact thing last year. After that, I just tried to wait as long as possible. I was able to come up the rail and when I pushed on him, he came running. He’s an amazing horse to do what he did today.”
Runner-up in the Grade I Carter Handicap earlier in the year, Apriority has always shown above average ability and has the overall record of five wins and seven placings from 17 starts with prizemoney of $371,223.
A homebred for Donald Dizney trained by David Fawkes, Apriority is a half-brother to stakes-winner Squall City and is one of 10 winners from the Storm Bird mare Midway Squall.
He is the 66th stakes-winner for prolific winner getter Grand Slam.