ELKTON -- Jet Wave took the lead from fellow 9-year-old horse Tostadero with one fence remaining and took a 3 1/2 -length win in yesterday's featured jump race at the Fair Hill Races.
Three late scratches, due largely to extra-firm turf, reduced the field in the $7,500 race to two horses. The pair battled side by side for the first half-mile with 2-5 favorite Tostadero taking over until Jet Wave's final burst.
Ridden by Sean Clancy, the winner returned $3.40 in win betting only and covered the 2 1/16 miles in 4 minutes, 3 seconds before 7,544 spectators.
Jet Wave, sent off at 3-5, stalked Tostadero over the first 13 fences. The son of Tri Jet, trained by Andrea Morris, won his third race of the year.
"He did everything I asked him," Clancy said. "My strategy was to just follow [jockey Chuck Lawrence] and wait as long as I could."
Jet Wave, owned by Lucy Lindsay, rushed past on the outside, took a narrow lead into the last fence and sprinted clear in the rush to the finish.
Morning-line favorite Maigret was scratched, as were Riposto and Hogan's Wave. A dry summer has left the Fair Hill course firm, and many trainers who entered earlier in the week were hoping for rain. Nineteen horses were scratched in the day's eight races.
Milesius, a former top turf runner and winner of more than $700,000, was scratched from the second race, again because of the hard ground.
Trainer Charles C. Fenwick Jr. of Butler saddled Wingate Arch to win the fourth race, a maiden claiming steeplechase. Ridden by Victoria Schlesinger, Wingate Arch held off Hillside Spring to get his first win in seven starts this year.