Understatement ran his inner track record to 4-for-4 Sunday
afternoon at Aqueduct Racetrack, coming from off the pace to post a 3¾ -length
victory over National Pride in the 55th running of the $65,000
Under a perfect ride from jockey David Cohen, who scored his
third winner of the day in the race, Understatement relaxed in second behind
early fractions of 23.78, 48.50 and 1:12.71 set by National Pride, then
accelerated to take the lead midway around the far turn and cruised home under
a hand ride.
“It worked out very nice,” said Cohen, who had won the
Evening Attire aboard Understatement over the inner track on January 16. “On
paper, the number one horse [National Pride] seemed to be the speed and I just
let him take the lead. My horse is very professional and he made my job
very easy today.”
Understatement’s time for the 1 1/8th miles was
1:50.63 on the fast inner track, where he also posted a pair of victories last
year in optional claimers.
“We know he likes the inner track; today, he showed complete
professionalism,” said Jonathan Thomas, assistant to winning trainer Todd
Pletcher. “He laid off the pace and was very, very relaxed, just waiting on a
cue from David. He handled the mile-and-an-eighth beautifully.”
Sent off as the 6-5 favorite in the field of eight,
Understatement returned $4.70 for a $2 win bet as he earned $39,000 for owner
Paul Pompa, Jr. Overall, the 5-year-old son of Distorted Humor is 5-2-2 from 15
starts with a bankroll of $199,155.
National Pride held on for second, a half-length in front of
the Pletcher-trained Nite Light. Completing the order of finish were Seniors
Pride, More Than a Reason, Atoned, Giant Chieftan, and Reflect Times.