On November 15, 15-1 longshot Leonidas A took the win in the fifth running of the $100,000 Potomac Pace Invitational at Rosecroft. The 5-year-old Australian-bred arrived in the U.S. this past July after being purchased by Steve Finklestein’s Jesmeral Stable. Driven by Austin Siegelman and trained by Sheena McElhiney, Leonidas A set a lifetime mark of 1:48 and won his 13th race of the year.
The favorite, Bettor’s Wish finished second while World of Secrets came in third. Both Century Farroh and Highalator were scratched from the race early in the day leaving a field of seven contenders.
Leonidas A stayed back at the start and then Siegelman moved him to the inside rail as the field past the grandstand. In the backstretch, Siegelman moved Leonidas A off the rail and just behind Bettor’s Wish but as they neared the wire, Leonidas A charged to the front, winning by a length.