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Saratoga and Del Mar 2017

Repole Entry Looms Large in Hudson

Dr Disco will make his first stakes start against his elders in the $125,000 Posse Hudson, a six-furlong sprint for 3-year-olds and up.

The sophomore has not run against New York-breds since a third-place finish in a one-mile overnight stakes at Aqueduct in April. He made two starts in turf sprints following that effort, finishing third in an optional claimer at Saratoga on August 6 and fourth in the Gilded Time at Monmouth Park on September 4. In his most recent effort, the Joseph DiRico color-bearer set all the fractions to defeat older horses going six furlongs in the mud on September 24 at Belmont Park.

"We tried grass with him a few times, but he has always run better on dirt," said trainer Bruce Brown. "We're just getting back to his best distance and best surface."

Dr Disco's youth does not concern Brown.

"This time of year, I don't think it matters as much," said trainer Bruce Brown. "They are going to be 4 soon, anyway. With him, he seems older than he is. He's always been that way. I don't think it will be much of an issue."

Dr Disco will leave from post 3 under Michael Luzzi at 8-1 on the morning line.

Repole Stable will send out a coupled entry in the Hudson, with Driven by Success and Be Bullish looking to make amends after fading to finish fourth and fifth respectively as a heavily favored coupled entry in the Corma Ray overnight stakes on September 28 at Belmont.

"The track played against speed that day," said owner Mike Repole.

Driven by Success, who captured the Easy N Dirty overnight stakes in August at Saratoga, is aiming for his second Hudson victory, having won the race in 2009 and finishing fourth in 2010 following a tardy start. Be Bullish, a two-time stakes winner in 2011 who was second to his stablemate in the 2011 Easy N Dirty, was runner-up in last year's Hudson.

The duo of Driven by Success and Be Bullish are coupled in the wagering once again and were installed at 7-2 on the morning line. John Velazquez will ride Driven by Success from post 2, while Javier Castellano has the assignment aboard Be Bullish from post 5.

 

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