NEW YORK — Devil His Due and Lure finished in a dead heat for first place Saturday in the one-mile Gotham Stakes for three-year-olds at Aqueduct.
Devil His Due appeared to brush Lure in the stretch and Lure's jockey, Mike Smith, made a foul claim, but the stewards allowed the result to stand. It was the first dead heat for first place in the 65-year history of the Gotham.
Both horses prompted extremely fast fractions of 43 4/5 and 1:08 1/5 before finishing the one-turn mile race at 1:35 3/5.
It was the first stakes victory in four starts for Lure, who returned $2.40, $2.60 and $2.20. Devil His Due won for the third time in five starts and returned $5.60, $6.20 and $3. Best Decorated was third and returned $2.60.