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Breeders Cup 2015

Telling Repeats in Sword Dancer

Telling wins the Sword Dancer
Telling demonstrated his affinity for Saratoga Race Course on Saturday by rallying along the inside to win the Grade 1, $500,000 Sword Dancer Invitational for the second straight year.


Deftly ridden by Garrett Gomez, Telling received a clear trip as he raced in midpack behind fractions of 48.27 and 1:13.23. Asked to pick it up on the far turn, the 6-year-old split two opponents at the head of the lane, cut back inside for his stretch run, and outkicked Bearpath to register a 1 ½-length victory.


“When they quickened up the backside, I was having a little trouble telling how fast they were actually going and deciding whether or not to go after the leaders at that point,” said Gomez. “But my horse was bobbling a bit so I decided to switch him to the outside a little and wait. When we turned for home, the horse in front of us dropped off. I just dove toward the fence, and it was like he found new life. He’s just one of those horses that stays on really well going a mile and a half.”


Telling, a 10-1 outsider in the field of 9, rewarded his backers in the crowd of 30,210 with a $22.60 payout for a $2 win wager, negotiating the 1 ½ miles over the Inner Turf Course in 2:25.29.


Sixth last time out in the Grade 1 United Nations at Monmouth Park on July 3, Telling was seeking his first victory since upsetting last year’s Sword Dancer at 33-1. His trainer Steve Hobby, however, believed his charge was rounding back into form just in time for a title defense.


“[Gomez] sure chose the right way – that’s the one thing I told him, that he probably prefers the outside than being in, but it’s not something I’d make a drastic change to do,” said Hobby. “It’s tremendous to win again – it’s something we had aimed at from the last time, and to make it work a year later is really amazing.”


Telling, whose record now stands at 6-4-4 from 23 starts, earned $300,000 to improve his bankroll to $831,049. The son of A.P. Indy was bred in Kentucky by Darley.


Al Khali, who led at the top of the stretch, held off Interpatation by a length to finish third. Completing the order of the finish were Expansion, the 9-5 favorite; Grand Couturier, winner of this race in 2007 and 2008; Grassy; Romp; and Marlang.




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