The draft won the Runhappy Stakes after swinging at Chateau, runner-up
Dublin Fjord Stables, Racepoint Stables, Kevin D. Hilbert and Thomas E. O’Keeffe secured his second win in tiered bets from three starts this year as he launched a rally for $150,000. Runhappy Stakes (G3) on Saturday at Belmont Park.
The draft, coached by David Duggan, reached the 6-furlong sprint race for kids age 4 and up from 5th away in the 1st Class Carter Handicap on April 9 at Accuduct Racecourse.
Reunited with jockey Jose Ortiz, who led the recruit to victory in third-class Toboggan in February in the Big A, the 8-year-old veteran on the Field Committee showed that age is far from an issue at this point in his career, and last year’s Runhappy runner-up Château on the Tour Last to secure his fourth win on his stack / tiered bets.
Drafted from Post 2, just outside the Chateau, who showed off his usual forward running tactics and drove through the opening quarter mile in:22.61 on the fast main track with a graded lead-in-second tracking. The recruit, in the last position approaching the turn, began to form the ground as Chateau kept driving the half-mile in: 45.57.
Ortiz began calling for a draft at the top of the stretch, weaving it out from the Officiating and Repo Rocks retreats. With Chateau still catching up to the last eighth of the mile, the Drafted created plenty of space and had enough left to constrain the driver in the final jumps to win a single length in a final time of 1:10.84. Chateau was three-quarters of the length ahead of the Officiating re-crowd for third.
Repo Rocks, who shocked at the start, finished fourth. Ann’s answer, whose reins were broken during the race, did not finish the course and was accompanied by the runner to the non-saddle area.
The last time Carter Handicap went out with a Carmouche up, Drafted was asked to advance against a stacked field that included the winners of the rolling bets, Speaker’s Corner, First Captain, and Mind Control.
Ortiz said he feels confident Drafted can return to the winning level at Runhappy.
“He shows us he can be competitive. The last time he ran against a harder field. The spokes corner is probably the best horse in the division,” Ortiz said. We don’t know if he’s a first-class runner with those horses, but he’s a fun horse to ride and I think David has done a great job with him.”
Ortiz said the speed dynamics changed when Repo Rocks was initially hit by An’s answer, leaving Chateau alone in the lead.
“I was a bit worried when the speed didn’t develop as I had thought. Chateau broke well and Repo Rocks didn’t either, so Chateau was able to get away with an easy margin,” Ortiz said. for him. I’m glad we were able to hit him.”
Duggan said Drafted can sometimes rely on strong pace to secure a trip to the winner’s circle.
“It depends on his pace. We always thought he wanted to go for seven eighths because it gave him a chance if he wasn’t going fast enough that he would be able to run on them,” said Duggan. “On the third and sixteenth pole I was a bit worried, but I knew he had momentum. And a dead target on him. Jose rides it with great confidence.”
A draft reached Runhappy of the two best Beyer Speed Figures since joining the Duggan fold – Toboggan’s 97th best and Carter’s 93rd.
“He trained really well during this race and backed the last two numbers. You couldn’t ask for more than that,” said Duggan.
Drafted in Florida by John Foster, Barbara Hooker, and Field Commission Partnership, he boosted his lifetime earnings to $939,193 and a 27-8-2-3 record, which includes two Group 3 wins in Dubai while racing for coach Doug Watson. 8 bucks back.
The Runhappy honors 2015 runner Jim ‘Mattress Mack’ McIngvale who raced no cure during a 10-7-0-0 run, which included victories in Class 1 Breeders’ Sprint, Grade 1 Malibu, and Saratoga’s Grade 1 King’s Bishop (operating Now as the H. Allen Jerkens Memorial).