Not long after Ron McAnally learned he had won the Eclipse Award as the nation's top trainer for 1991, his Sea Cadet won the $500,000 Donn Handicap at Gulfstream Park.
Bouncing back after failing as the 2-5 favorite in the William P. Kyne Handicap last month at Bay Meadows, the 4-year-old Bolger colt and Alex Solis sat off the pace set by Sunny Sunrise, got the lead into the stretch and drew away to win by three lengths. Sea Cadet covered the 1 1/8 miles in 1:48 in the first race in the American Championship Racing Series and paid $7 as the 5-2 second choice.
Out Of Place, a 36-1 shot, was second, a neck in front of Sunny Sunrise. Strike The Gold, the 13-10 favorite, finished sixth and has lost nine in a row since his Kentucky Derby victory last year.
"I just sat on him and stayed inside coming to the 4 1/2 (furlong) pole," said Solis. "At the 5/16ths, I moved on him a little and when we hit the quarter pole, I asked him and he responded. He was looking around in the stretch, waiting for competition."