Ridden by Kent Desormeaux in the $51,500 allowance for 3-year-olds, Black N Beauty settled nicely on the lead while running along the backstretch and turn into the homestretch before sprinting away through the stretch to notch his second straight victory.
The Dale Romans-trained colt ($7.80) ran the mile distance in 1:37 2/5 after setting fractions of :24 1/5, :46 4/5, 1:12 and 1:24 4/5. Printing Press made a mild bid to finish second, nearly three lengths clear of favored Shadow Warrior.
“We said before the race that if he won and did it the right way, we would go on and bring him back three weeks later in the Holy Bull,” Romans said. “Naturally, we’ll talk to Mr (Ahmed) Zayat, but that looks like the way we’ll go.”
The $400,000 Holy Bull, which will be run at Gulfstream Park on Jan. 30.
Black N Beauty, who previously broke his maiden at Churchill Downs last November, was purchased as a yearling at the 2009 Keeneland September Sale for $2,500.
“I wish I could take credit for it, but I had nothing to do with it,” Romans said. “They said he was one of the last in the ring and went with no reserve, and they would have paid a lot more.”
High Five for Ward
Trainer Wesley Ward saddled two more winner’s on Friday’s card to give him five trips to the Gulfstream winner’s circle for the first three days of the meeting.
Ward scored a popular victory with Mine N Gems ($3.60) in the second, while sending out longshot Kitten’s Caregiver ($32.80) for a fourth-race triumph.
Elvis Trujillo, who was aboard Mine N Gems, came right back to capture the third race with Feel That Fire ($9.40) to score a riding double.