a difference a year makes! Last year Linda Gaudet & Morris Bailey’s
Concealed Identity finished fourth in the John B. Campbell Handicap at
Laurel Park. Today, he won it.
race was not without controversy, however, as three horses ended up in a
furious drive to the finish line, with Concealed Identity on the
outside, Service for Ten, the even money favorite, on the inside and
Norman Asbjornson trying his best to find a way between them. Service
for Ten bore into Norman Asbjornson, forcing him into Concealed
Identity. Norman Asbjorson fell back to third as Concealed Identity
crossed the finish line first.
an inquiry and a claim of foul, Concealed Identity was declared the
winner, Norman Asbjornson was placed second and Service for Ten was
disqualified to third.
broke good,” said Junior Alvarado, the rider of Norman Asbjornson. “ I
had a pretty good trip behind the four horse (Service for Ten) the whole
way. I shifted to the outside from the rail close to home and started
coming with the outside horse. The inside horse then came out and bumped
me. The outside horse came in and bumped me and I lost everything right
there. I’m not saying I would have won but it sure cost me the race.”
ran a tough race,” said Julian Pimentel, who was aboard Service for
Ten. “I think the distance was a bit of an issue but they were gunning
for me. We were going comfortable on the backside but then the six
(longshot Peasant) moved and then the three (Adirondack King) moved. It seemed like that took a lot out of him and he got tired.”
winner tracked Service for Ten throughout before ranging up to engage
and pass the front runner. He won by three-quarters of a length and his
winning time 1:52.29 for the 1-1/8th mile distance. Concealed
Identity, who won two stakes races as a 3-year-old in 2011 and competed
in the Preakness Stakes (G1), paid $17.
Identity was ridden by Trevor McCarthy for his first stakes victory and
his eighth win of the week and third on the Saturday card. The
18-year-old son of former rider Mike McCarthy ranks second in the riding
standings during the Laurel winter meeting.
can’t believe it,” McCarthy said. “This is such a great experience.
Concealed Identity is a quality horse and I am grateful to get a mount
like this so early in my career. This week has been incredible. I was
concerned about coming down but I stuck to my lane to try to ride a
clean race to get the win. He broke really nice. I saved as much ground
as I could, brought him out down the backside, kept the dirt out of his
face. Coming into the turn we were just kind of running with them, good
momentum, and really dug in that last eighth of a mile.”
Owner Gaudet, who is also Concealed Identity’s trainer, was notching her first stakes triumph.
so excited,” Gaudet said. “I knew this horse would run well today. He’d
been training better than ever since his last race. A mile is just a
little too short for this horse but he impressed us enough that we
thought we were going to go with this no matter what. Trevor had gotten
along with him very well in his last race so we went with him again. It
couldn’t have turned out better. I was worried with the bumping in the
stretch but Trevor assured me we were okay when he came back to the
winners’ circle. This horse is truly a two turn horse and does his best
at a mile and an eighth here or at Pimlico. He likes both those courses.
This is Trevor’s first stakes win, too. That’s kind of a Gaudet
tradition. We (Linda and her husband retired trainer Eddie Gaudet) gave
Rosie Napravnik a leg up on her first stakes winner as well as Ryan
Fogelsonger and Michael Luzzi. Today me and Trevor got the double.”
Concealed Identity improves to 7-of-25 lifetime with earnings of $332,990.