Mr. Prospector on Dec. 28 Next for 3-Year-Old Colt
HALLANDALE BEACH, FL – Herman Van Den Broeck’s Singanothersong stamped himself as a sprinter to watch for the upcoming Champions Meet at Gulfstream Park Sunday while running six furlongs in a sizzling 1:08.61 in the featured seventh race.
“I told the owner that he was 100 percent physically and mentally, and if he doesn’t win today, I have no excuse,” said trainer Ron Pellegrini, whose 3-year-old colt pressed fractions of :21.88, :44:02 and :55.91 on his way to a commanding victory.
Singanothersong, the 3-1 second choice ridden by Juan Leyva, had given his trainer all the confidence in the world on Oct. 20, when he came off a six-month layoff to finish second, just beaten by a half-length, in a Gulfstream allowance.
“He got in trouble out of the gate that day and he jumped over a horse’s heels down the backside and gave away a lot more lengths than he got beat,” Pellegrini said. “Today, I felt very confident. I didn’t think anyone could beat him.”
Dreaming of Neno, ridden by Jonathan Gonzales, held well to finish second, 1 ½ lengths ahead of Padilla and jockey Paco Lopez.
Pellegrini has always had confidence in the Kentucky-bred colt, particularly last winter after he defeated Honorable Dillion in a 6 ½-furlong prep for the Hutcheson (G2).
“We beat (Honorable Dillon) in an allowance race easy. We came back in the Hutcheson and I said, ‘Shoot, we’re a cinch here’ but we got beat,” said Pellegrini, whose colt stopped badly to finish sixth behind Honorable Dillon in the seven-furlong stakes.
Singanothersong came back to finish second in the Swale (G3) and third in a minor stakes before Pellegrini sensed something was bothering his colt.
“A couple times here last winter he took the lead at the quarter-pole, and I said, ‘Oh, boy, he’s home free,’ and he just went into a gallop,” Pellegrini said. “We x-rayed him and found he had a chip in a knee. It started making sense that he was probably feeling it and said, ‘That’s enough.’”
The chip was removed and Singanothersong has come back better than ever.
Pellegrini said Singanothersong will be pointed to the $100,000 Mr. Prospector (G3) at Gulfstream on Dec. 28.
“It’s a Grade 3. We want to get some graded wins in him,” he said.
In the co-featured first race, a $34,500 optional claiming allowance for fillies and mares, Lady Rosamond ($4.60) made her East Coast debut a winning one for trainer Marty Wolfson. Formerly trained by Bob Baffert, the 3-year-old daughter of Keyed Entry lasted by a neck over late-charging stablemate Devil’s Cave. She ran six furlongs in 1:09.46 under jockey Jilver Chamafi.
Who's Hot: Frank Calabrese’s Dreaming of Bella ($3.60) captured her fifth straight victory in the fifth race, prevailing over seven rivals in the starter optional claiming event. Dreaming of Bella gave jockey Paco Lopez his first of two winners on the card. A past two-time Gulfstream riding champ, Lopez also scored aboard Get Back ($4.20) in the eighth race.
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