Michael House’s ground gain classic cat found daylight splitting rivals at the top of the lane and exhausted the middle leader first peace to win the $100,500 Eddie Logan Stakes by half a length on Dec. 30 at Santa Anita Park.
2 year old child Mendelssohn colt ran a mile on a firm turf course in 1:34.38 after splits of :23.47, :47.09 and 1:10.47 set by Game time who eventually passed out in fourth place, went late through a steady pace Nagirroc .
In fourth place until the final stretch, the winner showed himself the strongest late, catching up with First Peace in the last sixteenth of a mile. Nagirroc, well placed in third position for much of the race just ahead of the winner, could not accelerate with the winner.
“I had a ton of horses down there. When you have gas you can go whenever you want,” said jockey Umberto Rispoli.
Classical paid $6.60 to win as second-seed Eddie Logan, who was reduced to a field of six following scrapes from speedboat beach and Gate . Nagirroc was the crowd’s choice 6-5 after a third-place finish in the Breeders’ Cup Juvenile Turf (G1T) on November 4 at Keeneland.
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Raised in Kentucky by Pippa’s Hurricane, Classical Cat is no winner Not Bourbon Mare Conquest strategy . He is his dam’s first participation winner from five foals, two of which have raced. Two of his foals are not yet old enough to race: a filly born in 2021 by hard spun and one Tiz the law foal born in 2022.
Classical Cat was a $65,000 purchase by Buffolo Bloodstock from the South Point Sales consignment at the Keeneland September Yearling Sale. It’s now 3 for 4 with winnings of $146,300.
“At the end of the day, we want to make him maybe our Del Mar Derby (G2T) type of horse (over the summer) and go from there,” trainer Phil D’Amato said of the long-term goals.
Broadway girls whistle at the Blue Norther score
After having shaken up its rivals in a gate-to-wire manner on November 13 Of the sea young girl special weight, broadway girls replicated that performance seven weeks later under similar conditions in the $103,000 Blue Norther Stakes.
Favored GLaurie was relieved in the lane and left after the race.
Racing for the colors of ERJ Racing, Pappas Horse Racing and Neil Haymes, the 2-year-old filly was acquired by O’Neill’s brother Dennis from the Ocala Breeders’ Sales Company this year June Two- Year-Olds & Horses of Racing Age Sale for $60,000 from Top Line Sales Consignment.
Raised in Kentucky by Trackside Farm and Tenlane Farm, Broadway Girls has improved its earnings to $108,020.
Broadway Girls became the fifth stakes winner for her father, the freshman stallion army mule and the first produced by his mother, Fond Hope. A daughter of midnight lute , Fond Hope comes from the family of grade 1 winner Bahamian Pirate and graded stakes winner Strong Hope. She produced another winner and is the dam of a yearling filly by street boss and a foal weaned by Western coast .
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