General Election, ridden by Albin Jimenez, weaved between horses down the stretch to win Saturday's $75,000 John Battaglia Memorial at Turfway Park. The 1 1/16-mile stakes is the final local prep for the $550,000 Spiral Stakes on March 23.
Dueling for the lead up the backstretch were 48-1 longshot Mellow Fellow and 2-1 favorite Bye Bye Bernie. Racing right behind the leaders were Stormin Monarcho and Giant Finish.
The top four runners continued to lead the 11-horse field into the far turn. Bye Bye Bernie took the lead on the final turn with Giant Finish in second and General Election joining the leaders from the outside.
Sent off as a 13-1 longshot, General Election continued down the middle of the track, but unable to keep a straight line. With less than 100 yards to go, General Election was even with Giant Finish and For Greater Glory.
Trained by Kellyn Gorder, General Election edged past his rivals to post a half-length victory over Giant Finish with For Greater Glory in third.
Completing the order of finish were Takin the Sloroad, Stormin Monarcho, Let's Run, Bye Bye Bernie, Silver Tongued, Mellow Fellow, Avare and Admiral Kitten. Star Contender was an early scratch.
The time for the 1 1/16-miles was 1:46.13 on Turfway Park's synthetic track.
Owned by WinStar Farm, General Election won his first stakes with the Battaglia Memorial. The victory was worth $45,000 to bring the colt's earnings to $83,200 with two wins in four starts.
A son of Harlan's Holiday, General Election won his maiden race on Nov. 24 at Churchill Downs and followed with a second on Dec. 26 at Fair Grounds. On Feb. 1 the colt finished a distant sixth in an optional claimer at Fair Grounds.
General Election paid $28.00, $12.40 and $8.00. Giant Finish returned $11.60 and $7.00, and For Greater Glory paid $5.80 to show.