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Breeders Cup 2015

Roaring Lion, Freud's Honor Win at MTH

Repole Stable’s Roaring Lion defended his title by once again taking the $75,000 Mr. Prospector Stakes as Freud’s Honor went wire-to-wire in the $70,000 Choice Stakes on the Fourth of July holiday card at Monmouth Park.


Trained by Todd Pletcher, Roaring Lion sat just off the early pace before moving to the lead around the quarter pole.  He covered the six furlongs over a fast main track in 1:08 4/5 and returned $13.20, $3.40 and $2.60.  It was 2 ¾ lengths back to odds-on favorite Sean Avery, who paid $2.20 and $2.10 and completed the $30.40 exacta.  It was another 3 ¾ lengths back to Fabulous Strike, who returned $2.80 to show.


“Those were the instructions, to sit and pounce,” said winning rider Mike Luzzi.  “There was plenty of speed in front of me and it set up perfectly.  Down the backside I had Sean Avery to my inside and I was loaded for bear.  I asked him to run in the stretch and he still had plenty.”


Last year, Roaring Lion captured the Mr. Prospector in 1:09 flat.  It was the third consecutive year that Repole Stable captured the Mr. Prospector, having won it in 2009 with Go Go Shoot.


A 7-year-old gelding by Lion Hearted from the Horatius mare Smartly, Roaring Lion sports a record of 12-4-6 from 31 starts.  He has earned $538,536 for his connections.


In the Choice Stakes, Freud’s Honor stepped the mile and an eighth over a “good” turf course in 1:49 2/5 and paid $38.20, $11.40 and $5.60.  It was a length and a half back to Beachcombing, the 2-1 favorite in the field of eight 3-year-old colts and geldings, who completed the $131.40 exacta and paid $3.80 and $2.80.  It was another half-length back to Crossed the Line, who returned $2.80 to show.


“He’s given us every indication that he’d love the grass,” said winning trainer Gregg Sacco.  “The question mark was the two turns and he answered that with flying colors.  He’s put together several nice races now.  We’ll look to the Jersey Derby (July 31 at Monmouth) or perhaps a New York-bred stakes.  We’ll be sticking to the grass, that’s for sure.”

A son of Freud from the Honor and Glory mare Act of Glory, Freud’s Honor boosted his lifetime bankroll to $135,750 with a record of 3-2-1 from seven starts.





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Older Comments about Roaring Lion, Freud's Honor Win at MTH...

Eeek, Freud's Honor cost me a pretty good Pick 5, I had both the place and show horses. All the other speed horses sat back assuming Freud's Honor would come back to them. How many times does that scenario play out on the turf?!

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