Decoy Daddy, Irv Naylor’s ageless multiple stakes winner, bested three Grade 1 stakes winners to secure his second straight victory in the $50,000 Temple Gwathmey (Gr. 3), the featured race of the 93rd annual Middleburg Spring Races on Saturday, April 19.
With regular rider Carol-Ann Sloan in the saddle for trainer Cyril Murphy, Decoy Daddy prevailed by 1 1/2 lengths over Magalen O. Bryant’s Gustavian, winner of last year’s $150,000 Lonesome Glory Handicap (Gr. 1) at Belmont Park. Pleasant Woodman, winner of Aiken Spring’s Budweiser Imperial Cup in his most recent start, finished third and was followed to the finish line by Inti and Molotof. Spy in the Sky and Italian Wedding, the respective New York Turf Writers Cup (Gr. 1) winners in 2009 and 2013, were pulled up.
Decoy Daddy, a 12-year-old Irish-bred, ran the Temple Gwathmey’s 2 1/2 miles in 5:35.40 on turf rated as good at Middleburg’s Glenwood Park Course.