Closes to Win Going Away
By Dick Downey
Photo by Maryland Jockey Club
On a day when front speed had been holding up well on Pimlico's main track, No Mo Dough came from well off the pace to win the 1 1/16-mile Sir Barton Stakes.
Next to last in the early going, No Mo Dough and Jose Ortiz rallied leaving the turn and won going away by 2 3/4 lengths.
It was the third win in four starts for the son of Uncle Mo. Trained by Graham Motion, No Mo Dough came into the race off a narrow allowance score at the same distance at Churchill Downs.
The winner is a Kentucky homebred owned by Alex G. Campbell and is out of the Deputy Minister mare Twenty One A. C.
True Tiimber set the pace through six furlongs and ran through moderate fractions of 23.73, 48.53 and 1:13.39. He was followed from the start into the far turn by Time to Travel while Hedge Fund and Greek Prince vied for third. As the field entered the far turn, No Mo Dough, who was 11 lengths back early, was still 6 1/4 lengths off the pace.
When heads turned for home, Ortiz and No Mo Dough began a huge run six wide. After angling in, he split rivals and finished in 1:44.13.
Time to Travel persevered to come in second, just a nose in front of True Timber. Post-time favorite Hedge Fund, a close second in the Illinois Derby four weeks ago, was a neck back in fourth, beaten three lengths. He was disqualfied to sixth for interfering with Society Beau in the stretch.
Those four were followed across the finish line by Honor the Fleet, Society Beau, Greek Prince, Watch Me Whip and Resliency.
Asked about whether No Mo Dough might be entered in the Belmont Stakes, trainer Graham Motion didn't rule it out. The colt is not nominated to the Triple Crown.
Winning Trainer Graham Motion: “I really liked this horse today. Jose rides him with such confidence. He showed a lot of ability as a baby and then we gave him the time. He had a minor issue we had to the time. Jose told me the other day at Churchill the horse didn’t even know what he was doing and he still won. He just came out of the race so well. Today he galloped really strongly. I think he won kind easily. He’s a very nice colt.
“To come back in three weeks (in the Belmont) would be a lot. I want to look after him now. He’s a really cool horse.”
Winning Jockey Jose Ortiz: “He broke great today. The last couple times he broke kind of slow. He put me in a good position. He was relaxed where he was and when I asked him to run at the three-eighths pole I felt like I had plenty of horse. He’s still a little green, but he’s a nice horse.”
Trainer Todd Pletcher, beaten favorite Hedge Fund: “He got a good trip. He saved ground and ran into trouble in the lane. But when he got clear, he got running again. I thought he ran pretty well.”