The A Rocknroll Dance homebred let the field fly early as race-favorite Captain Crunch left with three others and took the lead to a :26 first quarter. Moving early to get involved with the leader, Shake That House took to the outside, followed by Yacht Week and Semi Tough.
The half was reached in :55.4 as Shake That House took over the lead, aiming forcefully to three-quarters in 1:23.2. He was challenged in the speedy route by Semi Tough, who led the second tier and rolled side by side with Shake That House as the stretch approached.
Those two were burning out on top as Proof picked off pacers on the outside with ease and flew to the finish first. Captain Crunch was tough on the outside in the stretch and kept the second spot while passing tired ones to finish third was Love Me Some Lou. Those three go to the final.
Brian Brown trains Proof, owned by Diamond Creek Racing and bred by Diamond Creek Farm.
Proof paid $7.80 to win.