"If you see me in trouble, you better try to come get me," Waples said to Hayes. And they were off.
Jay Time broke to the lead, but by the half, Strike Out had taken over. They were speeding along toward the � pole when Haughton drove Cory three wide up the backstretch to challenge the leaders. As they turned into the stretch, it was impossible to determine whether Strike Out, on the rail, or Cory was leading. At the same moment Riegle, who had been sitting in third, sailed Jay Time to the outside and drew up even with Waples' colt. For the last 110 yards Jay Time and Strike Out raced neck and neck with Cory nestled between them. When they hit the wire in 1:59[2/5], it was so close that nobody even offered an opinion on the winner. The photo showed two noses directly on the wire with Cory, also timed at 1:59[2/5], half a length behind. "The greatest finish ever," said Riegle as he shook hands with Waples back in the paddock. Keith Waples gallantly nodded his head.