The Jimmy Takter-trained colt, owned by Brittany Farms, led in fractions of :27.2, :56, 1:25 and won in 1:52. Fernando Hanover, who came first over on the second turn to challenge Western Fame, took second, while Manhattan Beach nabbed the show spot.
Also qualifying for the final were Katies Rocker, fourth, and JJ Flynn, fifth.
Mark MacDonald said after the race that Western Fame is “extremely lazy” but when he leads he is “tough to get by.” Western Fame paid $3.20 to win. Betting Line, tapped to be the rail horse in the field, was scratched due to a spider’s bite. Also scratching was Stolen Glimpse, who was sick.