Spendthrift . Farm’s MGSW Major Dude (3, c, Bolt d’Oro–Mary Rita, by Distorted Humor) showed his class, overcoming a bit of a struggle to win the GII Penn Mile S. at Penn National on Friday night. Option 2-5 seems to jut slightly out of the gate before assuming a track position behind the fractions :23.17 and :47.85 engraved by employer (army mule). Ranked third on the inside, Major Dude made his first move on the back bench, backing forward by a neck before slamming back dramatically when Behind enemy lines (GB) (Sioux Country) made a bold move to take on and then eliminate the leader. Major Dude is on the field, back on the field – this time outside – under the guidance of Irad Ortiz, Jr. to battle Behind Enemy Lines, and claim to be late to win in 3/4 of the time, winning the championship in 3 years- old in 1:33.73. Second Pick Behind Enemy Lines holds second place, while 98-1 Fletcher (Blofeld) finished third. Fletcher coach James Lawrence, II, won last year’s Penn Mile with Wow Whata Summer (summer front).
“We were almost pressed and shuffled back there in the first leg, and Irad clearly knocked him down,” said Stu Hampson, assistant to Hall of Fame coach Todd Pletcher. “Once he saw clearly about running, he did it all on his own. He’s a really great horse and obviously a really talented horse. Hopefully he’ll have a great time in his 3rd year.”
Penn Mile marks Major Dude’s third career ranked win, something not to be missed for Jack Sisterson, the coach of Behind Enemy Lines runner-up. “You look at the form of [Major Dude], a big favorite. You’ve got the best coach [Pletcher] horse training. Let those guys enjoy the victory, and hopefully we’ll be up against Major Dude again and have another fight in the near future.”
Major Dude is by far the most successful in the field as he reached the Penn Mile and showed the highest Beyer Speed Numbers, receiving more than 90 consecutive numbers in his last three starts. . Last seen third place was on Derby Day at GII American Turf S. one second behind final GI Kentucky Derby runner-up Two Phil’s (Spin hard) in GIII Jeff Ruby Steaks on Turfway Park’s composite stage on March 25, Major Dude won the February GIII Kitten’s Joy S. at Gulfstream. Also the GII Pilgrim S. winner at the Belmont meet in the Aqueduct last October, the 2021 Fasig-Tipton Saratoga graduate student $550,000 was the winner of the land bet before moving to the turf. last fall.
Major Dude was one of three ranked winners for sophomore Bolt d’Oro, who stood at Spendthrift ranch. The son of Medaglia d’Oro There are also six black category winners, including GIII Lecomte S. instant coffee winner 2023 and Layfayette S. 2023 winner Corona Bolt. Like Major Dude, Bolt d’Oro’s May 6 Navy Man runner-up, Lazaro Barrera S. isn’t a comically Distorted mare either. America’s current top stallion and retired WinStar stallion Distorted humor is responsible for 137 winners among his daughters.
Winner Penn Mile’s dam is a sister to ‘s dam ‘TDN’s Rising Star’ Arabian Lion (justification), the impressive winner of the Sir Barton S. May 20 prize in Pimlico after finishing second at the GIII Stonestreet Lexington S. April 15 in Keeneland. The two full-money production sisters are classified as the winning daughters of the legendary Broodmare of the year and the undefeated champion Personal Ensign. Major Dude’s breeder, Clearsky Farms, purchased Major Dude’s dam, Mary Rita, for $230,000 during the November 2016 Keeneland sale. The mare has a foal named Radio Liberty (listen), who was acquired by BSW/Crow Colts Group/Spendthrift Farm/Gandharvi for $150,000 in Keeneland in September and a 2023 foal of Quack born March 10.
Friday, Country Penn
PENN MILE S.-HOLD$400,000, Penn National, 6-2, 3yo, 1mT,
first-MAJOR DUDE, 122, c, 3, by Bolt d’Oro
1st Dam: Mary Rita (SP), by Distorted Humor
2nd Smash: Abilities, by AP Indy
3rd dam: Personal pennant, by personal account
($550,000 Ylg ’21 FTSAUG). O-Spendthrift Farm LLC; B-Clearsky
Farm (KY); T-Todd A. Pletcher; J-Irad Ortiz, Jr. $232,800.
Lifetime Record: 10-4-2-2, $714,895. Werk Nick Rating: A+++.
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2-Behind enemy lines (GB)118, c, 3, Sioux Country-Autumn
Snow (GB), by Invincible Spirit (Ire). BLACK TYPE GRADE 1.
(88,000gns Wlg ’20 TATFOA; 90,000gns Ylg ’21 TATOCT;
€173,228 RNA 2yo ’22 GOFFDU). O-David A. Bernsen, LLC,
Rockingham Ranch and Talla Racing LLC; B-Brigadier General
Partnership (GB); T-Jack Sisterson. $77,600.
3–Fletcher116, c, 3, Blofeld–Missdixieactivist, by Activist.
BLACK TYPE NO. 1, BLACK TYPE CLASS 1. O/B-James C
Chandeliers (PA); T-James L. Lawrence, II. $42,680.
Odds: 3/4, 4HF, 1. Odds: 0.40, 3.50, 98.70.
Also running: Recruiter, Movisitor, Candidate, Tuskegee Airmen,
Upstate and Back.
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