Fox Ridge Farmâ€™s 2007 novice champion Planets Aligned (Padge Whelan) stayed hidden behind a sea of mud being kicked up by Sheila Williamsâ€™ Rare Bush (Aizpuru) until the last fence when he surged ahead to win by less than a length in the $50,000 Marcellus Frost Hurdle Stakes.
Trainer Tom Voss of Monkton, Md., thought the ground might suit the 8-year-old grandson of Deputy Minister.
â€śHeâ€™s a nice horse,â€ť Voss said. â€śIt didnâ€™t really set up for him because it was so slow out there and he likes it quicker, but they went sensibly around. He has these big old flat feet, so I didnâ€™t think it would really bother him.â€ť