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Mr Speaker rallies up rail to win Dania Beach

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Photo: Coglianese Photos/Leslie Martin
Carrying the familiar black and cherry silks of Phipps Stable, Mr Speaker utilized a new running style to upset the G3 Dania Beach Stakes at Gulfstream Park. In his last start, the 2-year old son of Pulpit wired a field of maidens at Belmont Park. Today, under jockey Jose Lezcano, the dark bay colt settled at the back of the field in second last and patiently bided his time before making his move.
Breeders’ Cup Juvenile Turf fourth place finisher Bon Accord grabbed the lead straight out of the gate. Post time favorite Request took up a nice stalking position in 5th, and his stablemate, French invader Pleuven, was the early trailer. Bon Accord led the field through moderate fractions of 23:64 for the opening quarter and 47:57 for the half and looked strong until the field hit the stretch.
While Bon Accord was racing easily on the lead early, Mr Speaker made an initial move on the backstretch to advance from second last to a close up fifth by the time the field entered the far turn. Exiting the turn, the dark bay colt took advantage of a small opening on the rail as Bon Accord drifted out slightly. Despite the close quarters, Mr Speaker powered through on the hedge and pulled away to win by 2 ¾ length. Cabo Cat, the longest shot on the board at 37-1, rallied from 7th at the half to finish second. French-bred Pleuven closed from last to capture third. The order of finish was completed by Yes I’m Lucky, for the same connections as Itsmyluckyday, Imaginethatmom, Here’s Johnny, Hesinfront, Bon Accord, and Request.
Mr Speaker completed the mile in 1.36:60 and returned $23.40/$12.40/$9.20 as a 10-1 shot. Cabo Cat paid happy backers $28.00/$11.00 for a $2 wager, and Pleuven returned $4.40. Mr Speaker improved his record to 4: 2-0-1 and pushed his career earnings to $119,880.
Thus far Mr Speaker has made all 4 of his career starts on turf, but trainer Shug McGaughey said that trying dirt was not out of the question and that he would certainly take a look at the Holy Bull, newly minted as a Grade 2 for its 2014 rendition. McGaughey is known for taking his time with his charges and not pushing them, but as good as Mr Speaker has been on the lawn, he has the breeding to be even better on the dirt. He is by Pulpit, and his second dam is the late, great Personal Ensign, who produced multiple Grade 1 dirt winners. Salute, Mr Speaker’s dam, has not yet had the success of her dam, but she had already produced one winner on dirt. He is an intriguing prospect for the Kentucky Derby trail, but if he will run to his breeding remains to be seen.  


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I think right now, the Ramseys are still the Top Dogs when it comes to the lawn. The Phipps are certainly catching back up, though.
Yes Buck,we did discuss this horse after his win at Belmont. Even Shug is getting back his Green Thumb. Until P.O.E came along,he was a bit quiet on the weeds. He sure did a good job training Lure. That is why the Phipps and whoever employs Shug. Keep your noses outside of his expertise. The man can train Race Horses. He does not need consultation.
I think they're changing because it makes their sires more attractive to a larger audience of potential owners.
Phipps on the turf is getting to be pretty tough to beat lately! Changing with the times!
Tom. What was noted before, the Phipps family have a lot of grass horses these days something that is very different from the past.
Tom. Jockeys usually are the worst handicappers. How many jockeys have thought a different horse was better for the Derby and the horse they gave up won. Arcaro was the champ at that. He gave up Middleground for Hill Prince after an acrimonious fight with Max Hirsch in a restaurant who put Apprentice Bill Boland on him and won. Arcaro, until the Derby, thought Coaltown was a better horse than Citation inspite of Jimmy Jones protestations. Shoemaker chose incorrectly as well. Just look at last year with Orb, Verrazzano etc.
What i took out of this race is the following.That probably Jockeys and their agents might be the worst handicappers around. Javier jumped off of this guy to ride Request. Before you go on about his connections with Chad Brown.Just remember Castellano ,if all goes good.He will be riding Honor Code for Shug in the Derby. Do you want more proof. Earlier this year,Mike Smith picked up the scraps with Princess of Sylmar and Palice Malice. While top stable jocks Velazquez and Castellano were out hustling top mounts. Mr. Smith was glad to take the so called Leftovers and 2nd stringers.Why sometimes,to much is made out as to who picks who. as nothing to do with relationships.It is who they think gives them the best chance to win. After all ,they do not have a crystal ball.
agreed. one of the best operations ever in american racing
And the Phipps' bloodlines, particularly here on the dam side trace back to the great breeding of E.R.Bradley. Buckpasser also factors quite a bit in this pedigree.
Nothing quite like the bloodlines of the Phipps.

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