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Behemoth Reaches Late in John B. Campbell Handicap
LAUREL, MD. 2-22-14---Michelle & Claudio Stable, Inc.’s Behemoth dogged the 1-5 betting favorite until he caught him in the last jump to win the $100,000 John B. Campbell Handicap.
Victor Santiago was relentless atop the son of Giant’s Causeway, sending him hard from the far turn to the finish line after frontrunner Managed Account, a previous stakes winner. They won by a nose and Concealed Identity finished third.
Trained by Claudio Gonzales, Behemoth covered the mile and an eighth distance in 1:51.59 and paid $24.60. This was the first stakes win but only the second stakes start for the 5-year old.
Gonzales said, “Victor did everything the right way. I said if we fight the one horse (Managed Account) we’ll be last. Take him back and relax and make one move. He had trouble at the start in his previous race but he’s getting better and better.
Owner Somraj Singh said, “Sometimes you just take a shot. He’s well-bred and has a lot of talent and he loves this track.” Behemoth has hit the board ten times in thirteen starts at Laurel Park.
About Laurel Park
Laurel Park is a Stronach Group company, North America’s leading Thoroughbred racetrack owner/operator. The Stronach Group racetracks include Santa Anita Park, Gulfstream Park & Casino, Golden Gate Fields, Portland Meadows, Laurel Park and Pimlico Race Course, home of the world-famous Preakness. The company owns and operates the Palm Meadows Training Center in Florida and is one of North America's top race horse breeders through its award-winning Adena Springs operation. The Stronach Group is one of the world's largest suppliers of pari-mutuel wagering systems, technologies and services. Its companies include AmTote, a global leader in wagering technology; Xpressbet, an Internet and telephone account wagering service; and Monarch Content Management, which acts as a simulcast purchase and sales agent of horseracing content for numerous North American racetracks and wagering outlets. The Stronach Group is also a major producer of televised horse racing programming through its HRTV cable and satellite network and is North America's premier supplier of virtual online horse racing games, as well as a leading producer of social media content for the horseracing industry.