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D'Funnybone Rebounds in Woody Stephens

D’ Funnybone and a patient Edgar Prado took advantage of blistering early fractions in Saturday’s Grade 2, $250,000 Woody Stephens presented by Emirates Airline to rally from off the pace and pull clear to a 3¼-length victory over Discreetly Mine.

 

When the gates opened, Eightyfiveinafifty and Discreetly Mine rocketed to the front, dueling through an opening quarter in 22.28 and a half in 44.82 as Prado kept the 6-5 favorite more than eight lengths back in third. Rounding the turn, D’ Funnybone took aim at the pacesetters and swept three-wide into the lead with a furlong to go, hitting the wire in 1:22.64 for the seven furlongs over Belmont Park’s fast main track.

 

“I expected to be a little closer, but he broke well and I just bided my time,” said Prado. “It worked out perfectly.”

 

Remand closed for third, a half-length back, with Thank U Philippe finishing fourth and Eightyfiveinafifty fading to fifth and last in the 26th running of the Woody Stephens, one of five graded stakes on the undercard for the 142nd running of the Grade 1, $1 million Belmont Stakes.

 

The victory was the third in four starts this year for D’ Funnybone, a 3-year-old son of D’wildcat who won the Grade 2 Hutcheson and the Grade 2 Swale at Gulfstream Park before finishing fourth as the heavy favorite in the Grade 3 Withers at Aqueduct Racetrack.

 

“We know he liked this track and things set up absolutely perfect for him,” said winning trainer Rick Dutrow, Jr. “When I saw those two going with each other, I couldn’t ask for anything better. Even though he was further back than usual, Edgar knew what he was doing and he had plenty of time to catch up.”

 

D’ Funnybone, winner of the Grade 2 Saratoga Special at Saratoga Race Course and the Grade 2 Futurity at Belmont Park as a juvenile, returned $4.40 for a $2 win bet. Dutrow said the next objective for the colt would be the Grade 1 King’s Bishop at Saratoga on August 28.

 

Overall, D’ Funnybone is 6-1-0 from nine lifetime starts, with his only off-the-board performance coming over an artificial surface in the Breeders’ Cup Juvenile, in which he finished 13th.

 

Worth $150,000, the Woody Stephens presented by Emirates Airline victory boosted his bankroll to $615,700 for owner Paul Pompa, Jr.

 

 

 

 

 

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D'Funnybone is deadly at seven furlongs and I have to give Dutrow and company credit for keeping the distance challenged colt in sprints. Keep an eye on Trappe Shot. He ran faster than D'Funnybone on the Belmont undercard at the same 7f distance and appears to have plenty of upside for McLaughlin. ·
I guess it must be distance issue's with this colt? Given that he didn't attempt to run in any of the three Triple Crown races this season. But, IMO, D'Funnybone has raced over conventional dirt as impressively and as effectively as any of the other 3yr.old contenders this season has. He's certainly won more races over conventional dirt than any of the other 3yr.old's that I've seen.
Quote from Rick Dutrow: “The Saratoga seven-eighths race [King’s Bishop, August 28] is next without a doubt. He loves it up there and it's a Grade 1 and we need to get the job done.”

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