Mr Dumas ranged into competition at the ultimate flip, grabbed the lead within the stretch and became again a overdue problem from 7-2 favourite Tracksmith to win Saturday’s 16th working of the $175,000 Commonwealth Turf (Grade III) at Churchill Downs by way of a half-length.
The victory gave jockey Joe Rocco Jr. his first graded stakes win within the ultimate 3 years.
Down the backstretch within the early levels of the race Mr Dumas rated a couple of lengths again of pacesetter Impressive Gem, who led the sphere of 11 3-year-olds via early quarter-mile splits of :23.79 and :48.61. As Louder Than Bombs challenged Tracksmith for the lead into the general flip after six furlongs in 1:13.13, Mr Dumas started to vary into competition. He drew even with the leaders with three-sixteenths of a mile to run, surged to the entrance with a furlong to run and held a ultimate Tracksmith at bay after the favourite encountered visitors alongside the interior and needed to swing out for a transparent run in deep stretch.
Mr Dumas ran 1 1/16 miles over “just right” turf in 1:45.51 to assemble his first stakes win.
“This horse has truly evolved into a different horse,” stated Rocco, who accrued his first graded stakes win since Kiss to Take note gained the 2016 Chilukki (GII) at Churchill Downs. “I used to be lucky sufficient to get a truly just right commute and used to be ready to tuck in in the back of the velocity and it got here again my approach. He truly has taken neatly to the turf and I feel there are some larger issues down the street for him.”
Mr Dumas is a son of Majesticperfection out of the Extra Than Able mare Able Love and used to be bred in Kentucky by way of Ramspring Farm. The 3-time winner returned $21.40, $10.60 and $6.60 because the 9-1 8th making a bet selection within the aggressive bunch. Tracksmith, with Brian Hernandez Jr. up, paid $4.60 and $3.20. Marquee Prince, ridden by way of Tyler Gaffalione, completed every other 1 ¼ lengths again in 3rd and paid $6.20 to turn.
Armistice Day, Impressive Gem, Remote Kitten, Louder Than Bombs, Proliferate, Tobacco Street, Knicks Move and Tiz Plus finished the order of end. Osage Moon, Clint Maroon (GB), Pirate’s Punch, Journeyman and Transparent Imaginative and prescient have been scratched.
Mr Dumas netted $101,990 for homeowners Hooties Racing LLC (Mark Moore) and WSS Racing LLC (William Simon) and now boasts profession income of $211,160 from a file of 5-3-0-2. A winner over filth sprints and turf routes, he is gained 3 of his ultimate 4 begins.
“In the beginning of his profession I assumed he used to be a two-turn filth horse,” stated successful instructor John Ortiz. “I used to be initially pondering a Kentucky Derby-type horse however then with the turf in his pedigree we attempted him at the grass. When he ran at Kentucky Downs sprinting I by no means noticed a horse with that speedy of a ultimate kick. It is been an excessively particular adventure to this point and I am very grateful for everybody concerned.”
For Ortiz, it used to be his 3rd profession graded stakes win and 2nd this yr. In Might, Honey Bunny gained the $100,000 Successful Colours (GIII) at Churchill Downs.
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