Even as Grade 1 Cigar Mile Handicap victor Stay Thirsty
prepared to depart Todd Pletcher’s barn for his upcoming career at
Ashford Stud, the trainer and owner Mike Repole have plenty to look
forward to next year following Unlimited Budget’s front-running victory in the Grade 2 Demoiselle for 2-year-old fillies and Overanalyze’s gritty nose triumph in the Grade 2 Remsen for 2-year-olds.
The trio of victories concluded a spectacular Heineken
Holidayfest at Aqueduct Racetrack for Repole, who was 5-for-6 in stakes
races, with Caixa Eletronica winning Thursday’s Grade 3 Fall Highweight Handicap and Notacatbutallama taking the Super Mario overnight stakes on Friday.
Stay Thirsty, who early in his career was often
overshadowed by Repole’s 2010 Juvenile Champion Uncle Mo, nailed
Breeders’ Cup Filly & Mare Sprint champion Groupie Doll at the wire
to go out on a winning note. The 4-year-old Bernardini colt, who last
year took the Grade 2 Jim Dandy and the Grade 1 Travers, was winless in
four previous starts in 2012, most recently headed by Flat Out in the
Grade 1 TVG Jockey Club Gold Cup at Belmont Park.
“That was very gratifying for a number of reasons,” said
Pletcher, who also won the Cigar Mile with Left Bank (2001), Lion
Tamer (2004) and Purge (2005). “It’s big for his future career to go
out on a big note like that.”
Overall, Stay Thirsty was 5-5-1 from 15 starts with earnings of $1,936,000.
Unlimited Budget, now 2-for-2, and Overanalyze, who
earlier won the Grade 2 Futurity at Belmont, will head to Pletcher’s
training base at Palm Meadows in Florida to freshen up for their 2013
campaigns along with stablemate Delhomme, who set the Remsen pace and
“Everyone came back from their efforts in good shape,” said Pletcher. “We’ll take them to Florida and sort it out from there.”