Jim Bakke and Gerald Isbister’s Mr Freeze surged to the entrance on the far flip after which held off a late bid from Aurelius Maximus by a neck to win the 63rd working of the Grade 2, $200,000 Hagyard Fayette Stakes for 3-year-olds and up at Keeneland Race Course in Lexington, Ky.
Educated by Dale Romans and ridden by Javier Castellano, Mr Freeze coated the 1 1/8 miles on a quick foremost observe in 1:50.71. It’s the third victory within the race for Romans, who beforehand received with M B Sea in 2003 and Choose of the Litter in 2014.
Mo Mosa shot to the lead out of the gate with Aurelius Maximus in closest pursuit and Mr Freeze racing within the clear simply off the tempo via fractions of :24 and :49.06. Approaching the half-mile pole, Mr Freeze and Artful Daddy joined the entrance two with Mr Freeze 4 large.
On the far flip, Mr Freeze had assumed command and opened a daylight benefit that was greater than sufficient to carry his rivals at bay within the run to the wire.
“At present he ran like his outdated self,” stated Romans. “That was a tough journey for him. I wasn’t anticipating him to be 4 large on each turns and stalking horses, however he confirmed what a very good horse he actually is.”
“I had an attractive journey,” Castellano countered. “I like the way in which every little thing unfolded in the best place for my horse. Normally my horse goes to the lead, however they bought the bounce on us within the first flip. I used to be in actually good place outdoors. Turning for house, I used to be very inspired that he would get it finished. He fought all the way in which to the wire and by no means let the opposite horse cross him. I’m very pleased with him. “
A Keeneland gross sales graduate, Mr Freeze is a 5-year-old Kentucky-bred son of To Honor and Serve out of the Tabasco Cat mare Heavenly Cat. It’s the fourth graded stakes victory for Mr Freeze, who added $120,000 to his bankroll and pushed his earnings to $1,561,950 with a document of 16-6-4-2.
Romans stated a begin within the Breeders’ Cup at Keeneland is just not out of the query. “We’ll have to speak about it,” he stated. “We talked concerning the Filth Mile (G1) earlier than, however we’ll have to speak about every little thing (Mile and Basic-G1). Every part’s on the desk.”
Mr Freeze paid $5.20, $3.40 and $2.40. Aurelius Maximus, ridden by Ricardo Santana Jr., returned $4.40 and $3.60 and completed three-quarters of a size in entrance of Title Prepared, who paid $3.40 to indicate below Corey Lanerie.
It was one other neck again to Coastal Protection, who was adopted so as by Fascinating Moon, Rated R Famous person, Artful Daddy, Mirinaque (ARG) and Mo Mosa.
Racing continues Sunday with a nine-race program starting at 1:05 p.m. ET. Keeneland will provide a Choose 6 carryover of $34,998.45 and a Tremendous Excessive 5 carryover of $58,378.55.
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