Monday, January 30, 2012
El Padrino Enters Kentucky Derby with Allowance Win
HALLANDALE BEACH, FL – The Todd Pletcher-trained El Padrino stamped himself as a horse to watch on the road to the Kentucky Derby Saturday at Gulfstream Park with an emphatic two-length victory over a field of talented 3-year-olds in the seventh race.
The son of Pulpit ($7.20) settled in fourth under jockey Javier Castellano along the backstretch run of the 1 1/16mile allowance before kicking in through the stretch to win comfortably.
Take Charge Indy, who finished fifth in the Breeders’ Cup Juvenile (G1) in his last start, finished second after tracking early pacesetter Bartolome along the backstretch before opening a clear lead on the far turn. Argentine Tango finished another 13 ¾ lengths back in third. Casual Trick, the Gulfstream Park Derby runner-up and 9-5 favorite, faded to eighth in the field of nine.
El Padrino entered the race off a third-place finish in the Remsen (G2) at Aqueduct on Nov. 26 when he was beaten by less than a length by O’Prado Again.
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