After the breakthrough of the sea at Vosburgh
Already double grade 1 placed, the breeding of Spendthrift Farm After the sea earned their first ranked victory in the $ 232,500 Vosburgh Stakes (G2) on October 9 at Belmont Park. The 3-year-old Runhappy Colt beat three rivals with a score of 4 3/4 while securing a paying spot in the Breeders’ Cup Sprint (G1) from November 6 to Del Mar.
Coached by Todd Pletcher, Follow Sea finished third in the H. Allen Jerkens Memorial Stakes (G1) from August 28 to Saratoga Racecourse and second via Hot Rod Charlie disqualification in the TVG.com Haskell Stakes (G1) from July 17 to Monmouth Park in his two starts before the Vosburgh.
Coming out of the outermost position under Joel Rosario, Follow Sea took the lead and scored the first quarter mile in: 22.59 and a half mile in: 45.24 on the fast main track. Riding confidently down the stretch, Rosario didn’t need to be in a hurry for his colt to separate from the rest of the field. Follow Sea pulled away easily to complete all six stages in 1: 09.20.
Winner of Vosburgh last year Florence fire , who broke through the gate under Irad Ortiz Jr. and had to be reloaded, dueled to position himself with Baby Yoda in back. Course specialist with seven of his 14 victories at Belmont, Firenze Fire tried to go up the following seas at the quarter-pole, but failed to catch up and was content with second place, at 2 1 / 2 lengths of Baby. Yoda, who was 4 3/4 lengths ahead of Great effort . Jalen’s journey has been scratched.
Pletcher said he asked Rosario to pass judgment on tactics after the break.
“We just wanted to take advantage of the outside post and see how everything went,” Pletcher said. “He snapped good, got right in front, and it looked like he was in hand the whole way. He looked like he started pretty well and Joel picked it up pretty late.”
Rosario said he felt confident aboard Follow Sea throughout.
“I just helped him get out of there,” Rosario said. “He looked like he had broken really well and he got into his head. I thought he liked it and he had a big race.”
Pletcher, while still undecided, said he is considering the Breeders’ Cup Sprint as his next start.
“We’ll play it by ear and see. I’ll talk to the guys at Spendthrift and we’ll come up with a plan. He has to be in play,” Pletcher said.
Firenze Fire trainer Kelly Breen said he still plans to send his horse to Del Mar for the Breeders’ Cup Sprint.
“It’s going to be a breakneck pace. Jackie’s warrior or that horse (Following Sea), no one is going to have an easy lead in a slow pace. It will be a passionate event, ”said Breen.
After Sea provided Runhappy of Claiborne Farm with its first bet winner. Sent off as a 5-2 third pick, Follow Sea returned $ 7 for a winning bet of $ 2. He’s now 3-1-2 over six starts and has cashed $ 513,020.
Kentucky-bred is off the stakes Speightstown Mare Quick return , which also produced bets Preview (Orb ) and Thing (in evil ), a 2 year old filly who finished in the Sorority Stakes this year at Monmouth. Quick Flip was bred for Authentic for 2022.
Video: Vosburgh S. (G2)
Bubble Rock takes on matron
Domestic Shortleaf Stable Breeding Bubble rock packed in the leader Mystical eyes and avoided delays Girl in a rush for a mid-length score in Saturday’s $ 150,000 Matron Stakes (G3T) at Belmont Park.
Bubble Rock wins Matron Stakes at Belmont Park
Trained by Brad Cox and piloted by 2 year old Irad Ortiz Jr. More than ready filly completed six stadiums on the firm indoor turf in 1: 08.01. She paid $ 5 to win.
“She’s nice. Last time around, she won and finished well too,” said Ortiz, who has piloted Bubble Rock in all three of her starts. “I just did the same today. I waited until my time was gone and when I asked her she finished very strong again. She has a very good height and she always finishes well so I think she’ll be fine. “
Dustin Dugas, Cox’s New York-based assistant, said Bubble Rock has matured during his 2-year campaign.
“She has improved a lot mentally,” said Dugas. “She is a very nervous filly to work with her and she kind of took a long time. She has really progressed mentally and physically, she is a very big, beautiful filly and she moves very well.”
Bubble Rock, raised in Kentucky, originated from the Giant’s Causeway Mare Point of the reef , a half-sister of the Korean champion and third in the Dirt Mile (G1) of the Big Ass Fans Breeders Cup 2019 Blue shredder . Reef Point’s most recent foal is a yearling Ride candy foal. She was raised to Swirling candies for 2022.
On two wins and one second, Bubble Rock won $ 157,500.