Woodslane Farm’s Pik Em unleashed a powerful late burst under jockey Sean McDermott to win Sunday’s first $25,000 division of the Oxmoor Steeplechase ratings handicap at the High Hope Steeplechase in Lexington, Ky.
Trained by Jack Fisher, Pik Em trailed early as KSMN Stable’s Able Archer laid down the early pace. Thomas Hulfish’s Swellelegent, winner of a Monmouth Park ratings handicap on Aug. 1, seized the lead in the Kentucky Horse Park’s stretch but could not resist Pik Em, who won by five lengths.
Swellelegent finished 4 3/4 lengths clear of Rosbrian Farm’s Cheers to Us, who had been second to Swellelegent at Monmouth.
A four-year-old by leading sire Tapit, Pik Em had won a Radnor Hunt Races maiden claiming hurdle by 10 lengths in his second start over fences. The Kentucky-bred, a $350,000 sales yearling, was formerly trained by Alan Goldberg and had one win on the flat by disqualification. He ran the Oxmoor’s 2 3/8 miles in 5:31.20 on soft turf.
In the second division of the Oxmoor, Flying Elvis Stable’s Wild Dynaformer pulled away to a 42 1/4-length victory over Beverly R. Steinman’s Perfect Union. Irv Naylor’s Jarir finished third.
Trained by Kate Dalton and ridden by Bernie Dalton, Wild Dynaformer ran the distance in 5:36.