Abbo Racing Stable LLC’s Immortal Eyes left the gate in a flash, opened
up quickly on his rivals and won in hand in the $350,000 Frank J.
DeFrancis Memorial Dash contested over the sloppy main track at Laurel
Photo: Jim McCue, Maryland Jockey Club
Dunkelberger and Immortal Eyes were 6-3/4 lengths the better of
Saturday’s Charm at the finish, stopping the clock in 1:08.47 for the
six furlong distance. Service For Ten edged longshot Royal Currier to
was easy, just like playing,” Dunkelberger said. “I never looked
around. I didn’t hear any horses coming so I just let him gallop. I know
he loves the mud because he set a track record at Charles Town in the
mud and I was on him that day.”
Dilodovico trains Immortal Eyes at the Bowie Training Center. The son
of Greatness was winning his fourth stakes this year including the
Valentine’s Day Handicap at Charles Town in February and the Mr
Prospector and Teddy Drone at Monmouth Park this summer.
last year’s DeFrancis Dash, 8-year-old Immortal Eyes finished third
after a poor start at the break. He finished second in this race in
2011, beaten just a half-length by Candyman E.
is his third year in the race and he’s been second, third and now a
winner, “Dilodovico said. “I was so confident going into this race.
Travis and I had made a decision. We would be in front and they would
have to come and get us. He’s kind of a temperamental horse, so it’s
good when he gets out in the clear and you don’t have to fuss with him
too much. This is definitely the best race I’ve ever won and the whole
stable deserves a ton of credit for it.”
The $210,000 earned in the victory pushed the son of Greatness over the million dollar mark to $1,090,051.
Dilodovico also conditions Service for Ten, who earned $35,000 for his third place finish.
Rosie Napravnik (jockey, Saturday’s Charm-2nd)
said, “I had a great trip inside most of the way but the speed was just
too dangerous. My horse ran a great race but he was just second best.”
Daniel Centeno (jockey, Service for Ten-3rd) said, “I had a good trip. I had to check late or I am pretty sure I would have gotten second.”
Angel Serpa (jockey, Royal Currier-4th) said,” He always tries hard. He was ready to go today. He just didn’t like the mud.”
Pimentel (jockey, Il Villano-5th): “We had a perfect trip. Around the
turn I thought I was going to be okay but he just tired.”
Alan Garcia (jockey, Brigand-6th): “No excuses, just got outrun.”
Velasquez (jockey, Sage Valley-7th): “He didn’t like the mud. It was
too soupy. I had a good shot turning for home but he stopped.”
De Francis Dash topped the Sept. 21 card. The program also featured
five open stakes races on the turf course plus the Jameela Stakes for
in 1990, the De Francis Dash is one of the elite six-furlong sprints in
the country with four of the 21 winners-Housebuster (1991), Cherokee
Run (1994), Smoke Glacken (1997) and Thor’s Echo (2006)-earning Eclipse
Award honors for champion sprinter.