From a Maryland Jockey Club release
Germania Farms, Inc.’s Germaniac broke on top and stayed there the rest of the way in the seven furlong, $100,000 Frank Whiteley Stakes, the first of four stakes races on the Saturday card at Laurel Park.
Germaniac popped to the lead under J.D. Acosta from his outside post in the field of five 3-year olds. No other horse took a run at him and he came home in 1:25.08, 6-1/2 lengths the better of 2-5 betting favorite Jessethemarine, with Starry Moon rallying to take third.
“I knew I had to take him to the front,” said Acosta. “He has been working well and I knew he was ready today. I could tell at the 3/16th’s, when I was that far ahead, no one was going to catch me.”
This was the third win in five starts for the Tim Tullock trainee.
“If we weren’t in front I would have been in shock,” Tullock said. “The strategy was obvious. Acosta fits him really well. That was one of those things I fell into and it worked out well.”
Germaniac paid $14.80.
(Featured image by Jim McCue, Maryland Jockey Club.)