Newsdad cruised to a comfortable victory over three others in today’s Pan American Stakes (G2) at Gulfstream Park.
The 4-year-old son of Arch, ridden by Julien Leparoux, captured the 1 ½-mile marathon for owner James Karp. Newsdad ran 1 ½ miles in 2:24.93, following fractions of :25.03, :49.05, 1:13.37 and 1:37.04. It was his fourth victory in 15 starts and first stakes victory.
“With a small field like this it becomes a chess match,” said Kenny McCarthy, assistant to trainer Bill Mott. “We thought he was in the catbird seat in his last race, but he couldn’t get by Simmard, who is a very tough older horse. He’s (Newsdad) trained here all season and seems to like it just fine (rather than Mott’s main string at Payson Park). He’s a young horse and still developing, so I thought there was room for some improvement.”
Jockey Julien Leparoux, who has ridden Newsdad in three of his four starts at the current Gulfstream stand, explained strategy following the win.
“It’s definitely tougher to ride in these types of races with short fields – especially from the rail with the 3-5 favorite,” he said. “You pretty much have two options. You can either go and try to clear on the lead or take back. (Trainer Bill Mott’s) other horse (Harrod’s Creek) seemed to have more speed so I just took back and tried to get in the clear. I was able to make a little bit of a move pretty early on to get in the clear and from there it was perfect. He made a run around the far turn and finished good.”