• ZATT's Star of the Week, is ... Winx!Posted 4 days ago
  • Elektrum (5-2) gets up in the final jump to win the Grade 3 Dowager at Keeneland.Posted 4 days ago
  • Roca Rojo (4-1) storms home to romp in Belmont's Athenia.Posted 4 days ago
  • Lightstream (2-1) rolls late to pass Malibu Stacy for the Raven Run win.Posted 5 days ago
  • Royal Posse (5-2) likes the off going and upsets Governor Malibu in the Empire Classic.Posted 5 days ago
  • Bar of Gold (4-5) wins the Empire Distaff by a country mile.Posted 5 days ago
  • Pat On The Back (20-1) puts them to sleep in a sloppy Sleepy Hollow.Posted 5 days ago
  • 2001 Kentucky Derby winner, Monarchos has passed away at the age of 18.Posted 5 days ago
  • Winx absolutely dominant in winning a second Cox Plate.Posted 5 days ago
  • Quidura (7-2) scores another graded stakes win at Keeneland for Graham Motion.Posted 6 days ago
Breeders Cup 2015

Merit Man Turns Back Foes in Spectacular Bid

Gulfstream Park
Photo: MEC
Merit Man jumped out of the gate on top from the one post under jockey Joel Rosario in Tuesday’s $100,000 Spectacular Bid Stakes Tuesday at Gulfstream Park, and the 6-to-5 co-favorite turned back several challenges in the six-furlong event before edging away to score by three-quarters of a length over 50-to-1 longshot City of Weston.

Owned by a partnership of Bruce Chandler, Robert McKee, James Glavin and trainer Bob Hess, Jr., Merit Man was making his first start since a heart-breaking nose defeat at the hands of Hightail in the $500,000 Breeders’ Cup Juvenile Sprint at Santa Anita Nov. 2.

"That was a lot of fun,” said Hess. “He broke so sharp he (jockey Joel Rosario) really had to go on with him. We love Santa Anita, but for him the series of races for 3-year-olds is better here. We’ll look to run him again in about a month. The ($150,000) Hutcheson (Stakes (G2) at seven furlongs on Feb. 2) looks like the logical spot. Everything about him says sprinting and that’s what we’ll concentrate on for now.”

“He's a nice horse and broke well out of the gate,” said Rosario. “He waited a little bit turning for home, but that's how he is. I think he's a nice horse and I know how far he can run, probably seven-eighths. I'm very glad I had the opportunity to ride him."

Merit Man is a Florida-bred by With Distinction purchased for $75,000 at the OBS April 2-year-old sales. He had won both of his starts prior to the Breeders’ Cup, his debut at Del Mar on Sept. 2 and the Tim Conway Stakes at Santa Anita on Oct. 6.

Merit Man paid $$4.40 for $2 to win and was timed the six furlongs in 1:11:39 over the ‘fast’ track. Silverton Hill Farm LLC’s Little Distorted, co-favorite at 6-to-5 with the winner, rallied from last of five finished a non-threatening third, 4 ½ lengths behind the runner-up.



comments powered by Disqus

Related Pages

Related Stories

Top Stories