Mr. Misunderstood wins Wise Dan Stakes; World Approval misses board

June 12, 2018 08:50pm
Mr. Misunderstood wins Wise Dan Stakes; World Approval misses board
Photo: Coady Photography
As Mr. Misunderstood announced himself at the Grade 2 level on Saturday night, turf champion World Approval suffered his second straight defeat, with the two Churchill Downs-based horses seemingly headed in opposite directions at this point in their careers.

Taking a stalking trip under Florent Geroux, Mr. Misunderstood ranged up on the far turn, saved ground on the rail and surged past pace-setting Mr. Cub in the final strides of the $200,000 Wise Dan Stakes.

“He’s a very neat horse," Geroux said. "He’s not the most gifted, but he’s a very big horse, and he keeps improving. Now he showed he can compete at a higher level.”

Inspector Lynley earned the runner-up spot narrowly over Mr. Cub.
Nowhere close was World Approval, the 2017 Breeders' Cup Mile winner who opened his season with a Grade 3 victory but has missed the board in two starts since. The gray son of Northern Afleet was squeezed leaving the gate, chased the early pace and faded moved backward in the stretch.

Mr. Misunderstood is a 4-year-old trained by Brad Cox who's now 3-for-3 ob the Churchill Downs turf. Overall, the Archarcharch colt has now won 10 races.

“We thought he moved forward from 3 to 4," Cox said. "He did.”

“It’s crazy that he’s just halfway through his 4-year-old year with double-digit wins," said owner Staton Flurry.

Mr. Misunderstood's final time for 1 1/16 miles was 1:41.83.


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