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Horse Racing, Kentucky Derby at The Downey Profile®

Ticonderoga Powers Home in Palm Beach


By Dick Downey

Ticonderoga powered to a convincing triumph in the Palm Beach Stakes at Gulfstream Park, surging from off the pace to score by a length in the 1 1/16-mile turf stake.

Last time out, the Chad Brown-trained colt broke from post 14 and closed from 14th to fourth in the Breeders’ Cup Juvenile Turf at Santa Anita. Today he secured his first stakes victory by running the distance in 1:40.38 under Joel Rosario.

The son of Tapit saved ground while racing well off the early pace, some four to six lengths back through the first six furlongs. Rosario got him moving on the far turn and weaved through horses inside out leaving the turn into the homestretch. The colt kicked in with an impressive run that carried him to victory. Kitten’s Cat, the Kitten’s Joy Stakes winner who was ridden by Luis Saez, finished second after pressing the early pace, a length ahead of Snap Decision and Jose Ortiz.

The winner is owned by Woodford Racing LLC and was bred in Kentucky by Bryant H. Prentice, III. By Tapit, he's out of Keertana, by Johar.


Chad Brown: “I’m so proud of him. He’s kind of a quirky horse. He was tough to figure out. We’ve made some changes with equipment. I’m just proud of the horse. He’s really matured mentally. It’s the first time Joel has been on him. I gave him a little history about him, and he executed it perfectly. I’d like to try to stretch him out eventually. We might take him to Keeneland for the Transylvania, but ultimately the Belmont Derby, if he can go a mile and a quarter, that’s what we want to do.”

Joel Rosario: “He broke fine, and he kind of settled himself. I think that’s the way he likes to run. I just gave him a chance ,and coming to the five-sixteenths I can see Luis (Saez, aboard Kitten’s Cat) coming out a little bit so I kind of stayed inside and saved a little ground, and it opened up. He was just much the best horse today. He’s a very talented horse.”


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