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
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.