William Department’s Carotari, returning to the positioning of his most up-to-date victory, fended off Comedy City the size of the stretch and acquired his nostril down in time for a dramatic triumph within the $100,000 Laurel Sprint Saturday at Pimlico Race Course.
The twenty fourth operating of the Laurel Sprint for 3-year-olds and up sprinting 5 furlongs on the grass anchored 4 stakes value $400,000 in purses on the ultimate Saturday program of the nine-day fall meet.
In earlier stakes, Can the Queen defended her title within the $100,000 Wise Girl Turf Sprint, Smash Ticket dominated the $100,000 Climate Vane, and Benevengo gained the $100,000 Polynesian.
Carotari, a gelded son Artie Schiller, had completed off the board in back-to-back stakes since profitable the five-furlong Jim McKay Turf Dash Might 21 on the undercard of the 147th Preakness Stakes (G1), his 6-year-old season debut. That victory, just like the Laurel Sprint, got here in front-running vogue although by a cushty 1 ½ lengths.
“There wasn’t a complete lot of choices, to be sincere,” Erin Lynch, spouse and assistant to coach Brian Lynch, mentioned. “There isn’t any turf at Churchill in the intervening time, which is the place we’re based mostly, so it was both [run] right here or go towards the large weapons at Keeneland and we all know he likes this monitor as a result of he gained right here on Preakness day. So, this was the plain alternative.”
Despatched off because the 6-5 favourite in a area of seven, Carotari was guided to the entrance by jockey Kendrick Carmouche, who was additionally aboard Smash Ticket two races earlier. They went the opening quarter-mile in 22.06 seconds chased by Comedy City, who closed the hole to a half-length after 4 furlongs went in :44.53.
The 2 had been inseparable as they straightened for dwelling, with Carotari digging in alongside the rail and Angel Cruz encouraging Comedy City to his outdoors. They separated from the sphere and approached the wire along with Carotari profitable the top bob after protecting the gap in 56.20 seconds over the agency course.
“I simply was pondering, ‘Hold on there, buddy,’” Lynch mentioned. “He can get slightly intimidated on the within there typically, so I used to be simply hoping he was going to place his head down on the proper time and he did.”
It was one other size again to Matta, who was two lengths higher than Grateful Bred for third. They had been adopted by Justwaveandsmile, Spycraft and Sky’s Not Falling. Defend was scratched.
A declare of foul by Feargal Lynch, the rider of Matta, towards Carotari alleging interference shortly after the beginning was dismissed by the stewards.
The Laurel Sprint was the eleventh profession win and sixth in a stakes for Carotari, the others coming at Gulfstream Park and Ellis Park. He additionally completed second by a half-length within the 2021 Troy (G3) at Saratoga, and is approaching $700,000 in purse earnings from 29 begins.
“So happy with him. He’s simply the good horse,” Lynch mentioned. “He is such a cool dude.”
Can The Queen Scores Repeat In Wise Girl Turf Sprint
Joanne Shankle’s Can the Queen will reign for an additional 12 months after reeling in pacesetter Spicy Marg and drawing away by 1 ¾ lengths to defend her title within the Wise Girl Turf Sprint.
Ridden by Jean Alvelo, Can the Queen ($18.40) accomplished the gap in :56.60 over a agency course and offered Shankle along with her first stakes victory as a coach, six days after registering her first coaching win. The a number of stakes-winning proprietor had labored the previous 10 years as an assistant to Rudy Sanchez-Salomon.
It was additionally the third straight win from 5 profession tries over the Pimlico course, all three wins coming in stakes following the 2021 Wise Girl and Might 20 The Very One.
“I assumed she could be extra of a favourite than a protracted shot,” Shankle mentioned. “She loves this turf course right here.”
Spicy Marg, educated by Wesley Ward, was intent on the lead from her outdoors put up place and rocketed by way of a quarter-mile in 21.77 seconds and a half in 44.55 as Dontletsweetfoolya, a a number of stakes winner on grime, and Can the Queen gave closest chase. Spicy Marg turned for dwelling nonetheless in entrance and going effectively however Can the Queen gained steadily by way of the lane.
“I used to be instructed to try to get her to the lead [or] attempt to get her shut. I simply stored her busy and stored her shut, and he or she simply responded. She did very well,” Alvelo mentioned. “I used to be pondering if she simply retains operating the identical tempo she’s going to run proper [by] him. She had so much in her and after I requested her, she simply gave me much more.”
Whispurring Kitten closed stoutly from far again to be second, a neck forward of 30-1 lengthy shot Cannot Purchase Love. It was one other nostril again to Spicy Marg, adopted by Honey Pants, Ellanation, Dontletsweetfoolya, Miss J McKay, Artistic Credit score, Grade 3 winner Robin Sparkles and Golden Can.
Can the Queen now has seven wins from 19 profession begins. She entered the Wise Girl have run seventh, crushed 4 ¼ lengths, within the 5 ½-furlong Jameela contested over a Laurel Park turf course July 30.
“She was doing effectively,” Shankle mentioned. “We gave her slightly break in between the race. She labored very effectively final time and I knew she was going to point out up.”
Smash Ticket Spectacular in Climate Vane Victory
Brad King, Stan Kirby, Suzanne Kirby and Barbara Coleman’s Smash Ticket registered her first stakes victory in emphatic vogue, sprinting to a well-liked front-running 6 ¼-length choice within the Climate Vane.
Ridden by Kendrick Carmouche for coach Rob Atras, each based mostly in New York, Smash Ticket ($4) was by no means threatened in extending her win streak to 3 races, all this 12 months. She returned from almost 10 months away to seize a Lone Star allowance Might 30 for earlier coach Todd Fincher earlier than a gutsy neck overcome older horses July 20 at Saratoga, additionally with Carmouche aboard.
“I assumed she improved at the least 5, six lengths beneath me,” Carmouche mentioned. “I do know final time Rob instructed me he by no means had her the place he needed her for the race, however I assumed she was the perfect filly in that race at Saratoga. Coming into this race after I warmed her up, man she felt so good and he or she was good and relaxed, not sweating like final time. I knew Rob had her very, very tight right now.”
Smash Ticket broke operating because the even-money favourite from Put up 2, posting fractions of :23.12 and “45.35 seconds pressed by fellow New York shipper Elm Drive. Smash Ticket ran third behind Elm Drive in final August’s Sorrento (G2) at Del Mar, which wound up being Smash Ticket’s 2-year-old season finale.
Smash Ticket put away Elm Drive as soon as straightened for dwelling, going 5 furlongs in :56.60 and opening up down the stretch to win in 1:09.99 for the six furlongs over a quick fundamental monitor.
Brad Cox-trained Famed got here operating late for second, 2 ¼ lengths forward of Moody Girl, who edged Swayin to and Fro by a nostril for third.
Glowsity, Elm Drive, Might 21 Miss Preakness (G3) winner Girl Scarlet, Purchase the Finest, Candy Gracie and Candy Solare accomplished the order of end.
“I assumed she was the quickest horse within the race. I knew I’d get slightly strain in all probability for the primary quarter of a mile,” Carmouche mentioned. “Rob took his time getting this horse again to the races. She warmed up actually, actually good right now, higher than final time, and I knew when she left there right now I may get her to settle actually good, and he or she did the remaining. You do not have to do a lot on good horses.”
Benevengo Wins Polynesian
Wasabi Ventures Stables LLC’s Benevengo, a former $25,000 claimer who completed fifth within the Haskell (G1) final day trip, went gate-to-wire within the Polynesian, profitable by 7 ½ lengths.
A 3-year-old son of Gormley educated by Jesus Cruz and ridden by Angel Cruz, Benevengo coated the 1 1/16-mile in 1:43.62. Double Crown was second and Tough Sea was third.
Claimed out of his profitable debut at Tampa in February for $25,000, Benevengo has gained three of six begins, all three gate-to-wire. Breaking on high within the Polynesian, Benevengo cruised by way of fractions of :23.64, :47 and 1:11.10. Sea Foam, who broke a bit awkwardly, chased the winner from second however could not get shut down the stretch.
“Once I noticed [Sea Foam] did not break good I simply took the lead and hoped for a sluggish tempo,” mentioned Angel Cruz.
“Once I noticed the :47 I mentioned that it is over,” mentioned Jesus Cruz.
Benevengo, who has now crushed older horses twice, might begin subsequent within the Claiming Crown at Churchill Downs.