Manhattan Dan Makes Impressive Encore in Fisher Island
April 08, 2016 01:38pm
Manhattan Dan wins 2016 Fisher Island Handicap.
Photo: Leslie Martin/Gulfstream Park
A handy winner in his South Florida debut during the Championship Meet, Manhattan Dan returned to Gulfstream Park with an equally impressive encore in Friday’s $60,000 Fisher Island Handicap.

A sophomore son of 2008 Florida Derby (G1), Kentucky Derby (G1) and Preakness (G1) winner Big Brown, Manhattan Dan was sent straight to the lead from post 6 by jockey Elvis Trujillo and never trailed as the 1-5 favorite in the field of six.

Manhattan Dan ($2.40) blazed through a quarter-mile in 20.92 seconds and a half in 43.20 before pulling away down the stretch to win by 3 ¼ lengths in 55.03 over a firm turf course.

“I had a perfect trip. He went to the lead and I never looked back,” Trujillo said. “It was an easy race. I was a passenger today. He’s a very nice horse. He did it by himself.”

Owned by Platinum Seven LLC, Dan Guarino, Runner Runner Investments LLC and Julia Boutelle, Manhattan Dan returned from a three-month layoff to win the $75,000 Texas Glitter by 5 ¼ lengths Feb. 27 at Gulfstream in similar front-running fashion.

Trainer Gary Contessa said the plan for Manhattan Dan is to target the Commonwealth Cup (G1) going a straight six furlongs at Royal Ascot, one of the most prestigious race meetings in the world.

“He got a little bit more pressure early and still managed to widen toward the end. I trained him a little light for this race so I think he got what he needed out of it,” Contessa said. “He’ll stay down here for a couple of weeks and then we’ll go to New York. I believe the plan is still Royal Ascot with him. It will be fun if nothing else.”

Source: Gulfstream Park


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