Veteran Divisidero outclasses the field in Monmouth's Red Bank

September 01, 2019 05:28pm
Veteran Divisidero outclasses the field in Monmouth's Red Bank
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Veteran Divisidero returned to the winner's circle Sunday after more than a year of nibbling at graded stakes with a sharp win in Monmouth Park's Grade 3, $150,000 Red Bank Stakes.

Divisidero, a 7-year-old horse by Kitten's Joy, had earned minor checks in all eight previous starts, with all of those except for one coming against graded stakes company. The streak of minor awards included three runner-up finishes and a fourth when beaten just three-quarters of a length in last year's Breeders' Cup Mile.

Divisidero and Julien Pimentel raced unhurried in last through fractions of :23.27, 46.98 and 1:10.38 set by Diamond King. Divisidero began his move leaving the far turn of the one-mile event, and surged past the field in mid-stretch to score a measured one-length victory over Firey Speech. Maruad was another couple lengths back in third. 

“They were going pretty quick early and I think that definitely helped," Pimentel said. "He’s a really nice horse. He won pretty easily, going away. I always felt like I had a lot of horse. I was just biding my time because I had horses outside of me. But when I asked him to go he really took off. He really responded.”

Divisidero completed the trip on a firm course in 1:34.37 and paid $5.20. 

Trained by Kelly Rubley, Divisidero was coming off a head loss in the Oceanport (G3) at Monmouth in July in his second start off off a nearly three-month layoff. He hadn't reached the winner's circle since last year's Arlington Handicap (G3) in July for Gunpowder Farms and BC Jones. He has now won 7-of-28 starts with 16 other on-the-board finishes. The $90,0000 winner's share boosts Divisidero's earnings to more than $1.6 million.

“He’s been so close for a while now," Rubley said. "I thought today was a very patient ride and the pace scenario worked out for us.

"I’m thrilled. We’ve been waiting a long time for this. He shows up every time and he tries but it has been a while between wins."

The field was reduced to just five starters after the scratches of Robin Hood and Abiding Star.

 

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