HALLANDALE BEACH, FL – Todd Pletcher-trained Golden Lad saved ground before swinging wide off the turn into the homestretch and rallied to a 1 ¼-length victory in Sunday’s featured race at Gulfstream Park.
The 3-year-old son of Medaglia d’Oro, who finished second in his most recent race at Gulfstream, advanced along the rail along the backstretch to pull alongside Holdin Bullets, before settling just behind the pacesetter. Charlie In Charge made a wide move around the top two heading into the stretch to take the lead, only to be quickly challenged by Golden Lad to his outside. Under aggressive handling by Jara, the long-striding colt pulled away to victory.
“There was an opening (on the backstretch) and he was taking me in there. He’s a big horse, so I didn’t want to stop him and come back again. But I was lucky I had a good horse,” Jara said.
Golden Lad paid $3.40 as the 3-5 favorite in a field of seven.
Charlie in Charge, ridden by Matthew Rispoli, finished second, three-quarters of a length ahead of a late-charging Nevada and jockey Juan Leyva.
Who's Hot: Golden Lad was the second winner of the day for Pletcher, whose assistant Anthony Sciametta also saddled first-time starter Danalin ($7.80) for a victory in the sixth race, a 1 1/16-mile turf allowance for 2-year-old fillies.
Rainbow 6 Carryover: $3,172.68