At post 20 minutes. BEN EDER was in front for few strides before FIRST MATE took over and led past three-quarter pole. BEN BRUSH, who stumbled at the start, nearly unseating his rider, was FIRST MATE's closest rival by time they had gone a half mile, was a head in front in the stretch and held off BEN EDER's late rush by a nose. The others were strung out up the track.