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Understatement Cruises in Evening Attire

Paul Pompa, Jr.’s Understatement broke running from post position No. 1, set uncontested fractions down the backside, and never looked back in the stretch to take the 91st running of the $65,000 Evening Attire by 4½ lengths Saturday afternoon at Aqueduct Racetrack.

 

Sent out by leading trainer Todd Pletcher, Understatement remained undefeated in three starts over the Big A’s inner track, all of which have come while racing on, or just off, the early pace.

 

“That was really the plan from the get-go,” said winning jockey, David Cohen, who currently ranks second in the jockey standings behind Ramon Dominguez.  “Just go to the lead and let the other entrymate [Well Positioned] trail.  I think this horse seems to obviously show that the way he wants to run is get on the lead and open up a little bit.”

 

In command every step of the way, Understatement set early fractions of 23.53 and 47.19 seconds with Bunker Hill and Storm Play giving chase in second and third.  Understatement ran six furlongs in 1:11.44 and had a two-length lead on the far turn as the rest of the front runners began to drop back. 

 

“I thought that when he was still on the bridle and everyone else started falling off the bridle we were going to have a pretty good chance,” said Pletcher’s assistant trainer, Jonathan Thomas.  “I think it just gives him a big heart to be out like that.”

 

Well Positioned rallied from fourth in the five-horse field to be second.  It was another 13½ lengths to Storm Play, who, like Understatement, reigns from the Pletcher barn.

 

Understatement’s final time for the 1 1/16 miles was 1:42.94. 

 

With the win, the 5-year-old son of Distorted Humor increased his career record to 4-2-2 from 14 starts and bumped his career earnings to just over $160,000.

 

Sent off at .30-1 as part of the favored entry, Understatement paid $2.60 for a $2 win bet.

 

No decision has been made on his next race.

 

“He’ll stay here,” Thomas said.  “We’ll talk to Todd to see what he wants to do next.”

 

 

 

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