Surly Furious, by Upstart, Wheels Back in Two weeks to win the Dust Commander Stakes

Novogratz Racing Stables’ recent Forego Stakes winner Surly Furious needed just two weeks rest to find the winner’s circle once again at Turfway Park, this time in Saturday’s $125,000 Dust Commander.

The ultra-consistent Surly Furious, who won the 6 ½-furlong Forego Stakes, stretched out in distance for the 1 1/16-mile Dust Commander and dusted his rivals by an impressive eight lengths for trainer Glenn Wismer and jockey Abel Cedillo. The son of Upstart stopped the clock in 1:42.64.

In the Dust Commander, Surly Furious broke well leaving the starting gate and was positioned in sixth while the fleet-footed Gunton Roe led the field into the first turn through a quarter-mile in a comfortable :24.20. Cedillo kept Surly Furious positioned at the rail as they moved to the backside while Santorini and jockey Alex Achard engaged to the outside of Gunton Roe. At the three-eighths pole, Surly Furious made a bold move and began to quickly pass horses while switching to the two-path. At the quarter-pole, Cedillo tipped Surly Furious to the outside of Santorini and Gunton Roe and easily powered clear to the wire.

Kitodan rallied to finish second at odds of 10-1. He was followed in order by Santorini, Wizard of Westwood, Common Bond, El Kabong, Quadra Island, Transect and Gunton Roe.

Surly Furious, who was made the 3-1 second choice in the wagering behind 2-1 favorite Wizard of Westwood, returned $8.90, $5.16 and $3.60. Kitodan, ridden by Walter Rodriguez, paid $9.50 and $4.38 while Santorini returned $3.44.

With his victory in the Dust Commander, Surly Furious banked $74,219 to improve his overall earnings to $579,293. His record now stands at a solid 27-8-3-4.