Irish Derby winner Sovereign to make US debut in Saturday’s Man O ‘War

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Michael B. Tabor, Mrs. John Magnier and Sovereign winner of Group 1 Derrick Smith will make his first start in North America against a field of competition that includes four other winners of the ranked / grouped stakes in the 63rd race on Saturday of the 1st year , $ 700,000 Man o “ The war lasts 1 3/8 miles on indoor turf for older horses at Belmont Park.

The Man o ‘War, NYRA’s first stake of the year, honors Samuel D. Riddle’s all-time great, who has been voted by several publications as the greatest racehorse of the 20th century. The champion’s notable accomplishments include victories in the Preakness, Belmont Stakes, Travers and Jockey Club Gold Cup in 1920. Perhaps the crowning achievement of his career came in beating 1919 Triple Crown winner Sir Barton, in a match race at the now deceased Kenilworth Park. Windsor, Ontario. Winning 20 of his 21 starts, Man O’War’s only loss came at the 1919 Sanford, which he lost to the ironic name Upset.

Sovereign will make his US debut for coach Chad Brown after being formerly hired by Irish champion coach Aidan O’Brien. The son of international champion stallion Galileo led door to wire to capture the Irish Derby Group 1 at the Curragh in 2019 by six lengths over former caliber comrades Anthony Van Dyck and Norway.

Without a win in five starts since the Irish derby, Sovereign finished second in the Double Cartier Horse of the Year Enable in Group 1 King George VI and Queen Elizabeth in July 2020 at Ascot. Not short of kilometers, he arrives at Man o ‘War after a close third of the Bahrain International Trophy on November 20.

Sovereign has been in a constant working pattern since the first breeze under Brown’s care at the end of February. He recently completed five stadiums on the Belmont indoor turf in 1: 02.54 on Sunday.

“We had him over the winter at Payson Park and he settled into a good working model,” said Brown, who trained Man o ‘War 2016 hero Wake Forest. “He came very healthy and in great shape from Aidan. He certainly trains like a horse with a lot of quality. I’ve seen him train on firm ground in Florida and he’s okay with it. It can handle cuts in the ground.

Sovereign, who will be ridden by Irad Ortiz, Jr., has generally shown early speed in his races in Europe, and Brown said he expected the horse to be placed ahead on Saturday as well.

“I’m not trying to reinvent the wheel with him, so if he has speed I wouldn’t take him away,” Brown said. “He’s quite advanced in his breeze. He grabs the bit and continues. If it breaks well and Irad wants to put it on the front, I’d be happy.

Brown is approaching 100 ranked wins at Belmont Park, currently with a total of 97 staggered wins on the historic track. On Saturday, he will also saddle Nay Lady Nay and Lemista in 3rd year, $ 150,000 Beaugay, as well as risk taking in 3rd year, $ 200,000 Peter Pan.

“I am extremely grateful and honored to be at this point in my career already. I’m extremely happy to share this with my team, ”said Brown. “It has been extremely rewarding to watch over the last 15 years, to see all the teamwork, and great horses run through the barn, and all the sacrifices that people have made.

Bred in Ireland by Barronstown Stud, Sovereign comes from the mare Danehill Dancer Devoted To You. The only millionaire in the business, Sovereign claims lifetime earnings of $ 1,149,940.

Sovereign will break with post 1.

Never worse than the third in eight lifelong starts, Otter Bend Stables’ Gufo will look to do his best on his 2021 debut for coach Christophe Clement, while boasting a consistent 8-5- record. 1-2.

The son of the declaration of war was a late closing third in the freshman Hollywood derby, where he came from the last of 11 and took a step forward in the stretch to finish a neck to the following winners Domestic Expenses and Smooth Like Detroit.

Gufo returns to Belmont Park for his first start since winning the Belmont Derby Invitational Level 1 at ten stadiums on October 3. Prior to his decisive victory, he made winning closing moves deep in the English Channel last May at Gulfstream Park and Grade 3. Kent on July 4 at Delaware Park.

Gufo, who had trained at Payson Park in Indiantown, Fla., Traveled to Belmont and clocked a five-stage job clocking 1: 00.76 on indoor turf on Sunday.

“He had a good job Sunday morning and we can’t wait to race him in the Man o ‘War,” said Clement, who saddled Gio Ponti to score two straight Man o’ War points in 2009-10. “He did very well and I was very happy.”

Gufo will be piloted by two-time Man o ‘War winner Joel Rosario from post 8.

Ziyad of Wertheimer and Frere finished third in a line of North American starts, but is looking for his first year 1 victory in his third start for coach Graham Motion.

He made his debut with his current coach in the Grade 3 Sycamore on Oct. 15 at Keeneland, finishing two lengths at Red Knight before finishing ten lengths on pace to finish a shy North Dakota half-length in the Red Smith. 3rd grade in November. 21 to the aqueduct.

The 6-year-old son of Rock of Gibraltar has previously raced in France for Carlos Laffon-Parias, for whom he ran third at the Canadian Freshman International in October 2019 at Woodbine after setting an easy pace, for get left behind by Desert Encounter. .

At races in France, he kept the competition salty, finishing a timid neck of victory in the Saint-Cloud Group 1 Grand Prix two years in a row, losing to accomplished riders Coronet and Way to Paris.

“I think it’s pretty adaptable,” said Motion, who won Man O’War 2005 with Better Talk Now. “He came to see me straight from France at Keeneland last fall, so I didn’t have a lot of time to get to know him before his race there. Now that I’ve had him for a while, I’ve gotten to know him better. He is a very simple horse that has been training very well this year so far. I feel like he’s ready for a race like this. On his form, he is competitive against this group.

Manny Franco retains the post 3 mount.

Calumet Farm’s Channel Cat is approaching millionaire status with a fourth win. The Channel son, trained by Jack Sisterson, hasn’t won since moving from gate-to-wire at Grade 2 Bowling Green in July 2019 in Saratoga, and recently finished second at Grade 2 Elkhorn on 17 April in Keeneland.

Channel Cat set a record of 25-5-3-5, with earnings of $ 998,522 and will be leaving Position 5 under Hall of Fame John Velazquez.

Field Pass, a three-time winner of Three Diamonds Farm rated stakes, will look to give coach Mike Maker his first Man o ‘War victory.

In his second season, the son of Lemon Drop Kid captured a trio of Grade 3 events, including the Jeff Ruby Steaks at Turfway Park and the Ontario Derby at Woodbine on all weather surfaces, as well as the Grade 3 Transylvania on Keeneland turf. He will see a considerable lengthening over the distance after finishing fourth in the Grade 1 Maker’s Mark Mile on April 9 at Keeneland.

Jockey Luis Saez will pilot Field Pass from post 7.

After capturing Man o ‘War 32 years apart with Theatrical [1987] and Channel Maker [2019], Hall of Fame coach Bill Mott sends three-time winner Moon Over Miami.

Owned by Jane Lyon’s Summer Wind Equine, Moon Over Miami arrives at Man o ‘War after a pair of firm turf bets at Gulfstream Park, where he was third in Rank 2 Mac Diarmada on February 27 and second in Rank 2 Pan American on March 27.

The son of Malibu Moon started her career on the main track, breaking her young daughter in second by five lengths in November 2019 at Aqueduct. After beating the winners in his third turf start, Mott kept the 4-year-old colt on turf and claimed a staking victory in the Dueling Grounds Derby on September 10 at Kentucky Downs.

“He held up pretty well for what we did with him,” Mott said. “We realized he wanted to keep running and go a little further. We have found that it does it pretty well and is better over the remaining distances than the medium distances.

Junior Jockey Alvarado will pilot Moon Over Miami from position 2.

Donegal Racing’s Shamrocket will receive extra distance when Breaking Position 6 for newly-created Hall of Fame Todd Pletcher. The third generation father’s son Tonalist was closely second against the Florida natives who completed nine stages in the Turf Classic on March 28 at Tampa Bay Downs.

On the board every start, except for his career debut, Shamrocket won an open business by placing stakes in the Dueling Grounds Derby by finishing 4½ lengths at Moon Over Miami. He then followed it up with a three-quarter triumph over the Florida-bred winners in his second final on December 23 at Gulfstream Park.

Shamrocket will be ridden by Hall of Famer Javier Castellano.

The pitch is completed with So High from Knight RB Stables [Eric Cancel, post 4] for Coach Naipaul Chatterpaul, no stranger to the shocking Grade 1 turf events on the NYRA Tour, having captured the 2011 Manhattan with Mission Approved.

The Man o ‘War is scheduled as race 10 on Belmont’s Saturday 11 race schedule. The first message is 1:00 p.m. EST.

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