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Breeders' Cup 2017

Trappe Shot Victorious in Belmont Return

Trappe Shot, unraced since last summer, made his 4-year-old debut a winning one, overcoming a slight stumble at the start to win the $60,000 Waldoboro overnight stakes, one of two sprint stakes on the Wednesday card at Belmont Park.


Returning from a ninth in the Grade 1 Travers at Saratoga Race Course in August, Trappe Shot bobbled coming out of the gate and was quickly taken to the outside by jockey John Velazquez to race off the pace in third as Deputy Daney opened a five-length advantage through an opening quarter-mile in 22.37. Trappe Shot and D’ Funnybone moved in tandem as Deputy Daney relinquished the lead at the top of the stretch, and the eventual winner outkicked his competition to prevail by a half-length.


“The doors opened and he reacted so quickly that he surprised himself,” said Velazquez. “He caught himself before he actually stumbled. He broke, and got up right away. I know [D’ Funnybone] is a little timid when you have someone outside of him. It was perfectly drawn for me: break a little slow, put him on the outside of them, and keep the pressure on him. When he’s on the outside, it’s hard to beat him.”


Trappe Shot, the 4-5 favorite in the field of four, paid $3.90 for a $2 win wager and was timed in 1:09.03 for six furlongs.


Although Trappe Shot won the 1 1/16-mile Long Branch and finished second to divisional champion Lookin At Lucky in the Grade 1, 1 1/8-mile Haskell Invitational as a 3-year-old, he will likely remain in sprints for now according to his trainer, Kiaran McLaughlin.


“He’s going to hopefully improve from the run,” said McLaughlin. “He came back just a bigger, stronger horse this year. He didn’t break real well again – he’s not great at the gate – but he ran very well. We’ll look at the [Grade 2, six-furlong] True North [Handicap] on Belmont [Stakes] Day.”


Trappe Shot, now 5-1-0 from seven starts, earned $36,000 for his Waldoboro victory, pushing his lifetime earnings to $426,384. Bred in Florida by Hobeau Farm Ltd., the 4-year-old son of Tapit is owned by Nicholas Brady’s Mill House.


Rule by Night finished 2 ½ lengths behind Trappe Shot in third, with Deputy Daney completing the order of finish. This Ones for Phil and Sunrise Smarty were scratched.


In the $100,000 New York Stallion Series Times Square Division, Darrin’s Dilemma used front-running tactics under jockey Ramon Dominguez to easily prevail as the odds-on favorite.


Fourth against older horses after setting the pace in an entry level New York-bred allowance on April 9, Darrin’s Dilemma found this group of 3-year-olds to his liking, taking a 1 ½-length lead through an opening quarter-mile of 23.08, extending the advantage to three lengths through a half-mile in 46.04, and finding the wire 2 ¼ lengths to the good of Freud’s Honour.


Darrin’s Dilemma returned $2.60 for a $2 win wager and completed 6 ½ furlongs in 1:17.55.


“It went as planned,” said Dominguez. “We were the speed of the race. I was happy with the way my horse relaxed. He’s a pretty quick horse, and even if you are the only speed you’re concerned they’ll go out too fast. He proved to be the best in this field today.”


Darrin’s Dilemma, a son of Freud, is now 2-2-0 from five starts, with the winner’s share of the Times Square purse more than doubling his career earnings to $99,700.


“I was concerned about the distance a little bit, but he ran a pretty good race,” said winning trainer Rudy Rodriguez. “Hopefully he can keep improving, and we’ll take it from there. We’re just going to enjoy this one for now.”


Warrior Up received show honors, with Freuds Ana Streak, also trained by Rudy Rodriguez, finishing fourth. With a Cape, Wishingonastar, and Anaphylaxis completed the order of finish.




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Older Comments about Trappe Shot Victorious in Belmont Return...

He's a possible sprint champ this year in my book.
Impressive in his return winning the Waldoboro at Belmont
Good to see Trappe Shot back!

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