Much the Best After Layoff
By Dick Downey
Global Campaign is fully recovered since he grabbed a quarter in the Fountain of Youth Stakes in early March, as displayed by his dominant victory in the Peter Pan Stakes at Belmont Park.
Excluded from last Saturday's Pat Day Mile as the lone also-eligibile, trainer Stanley Hough shipped Global Campaign to New York after breezing him Monday at Churchill Downs.
The move proved providential. After sitting close off fractions of 23.19 and 46.00 set by Federal Case, Global Campaign and Luis Saez took charge, leading just after six furlongs in 1:10.16. There was no competition for the win from that point forward with Global Campaign opening up by three lengths at the furlong marker. The 1 1/8-mile race was timed in a swift 1:46.71.
Sir Winston, who has no early speed, trailed the field by 10 or 11 lengths for the first four to six furlongs, then launched a bid under Joel Rosario to finish a non-threatening second, beaten 1 1/4 length.
Post-time favorite Intrepid Heart broke in a tangle and was bumped by stable mate Federal Case. After the first half-mile, he was in fourth position and being asked by John Velazquez. He never contended and finished third, another 4 3/4 lengths back. Final Jeopardy and Federal Case rounded out the order of finish.
The 2-1 second choice on the board after some late money came in, Global Campaign returned $6.00, $3.90 and $2.70.
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Stanley Hough, winning trainer: "It went quicker than we thought it would. We didn't want to end up in a duel, but it looked like he did it pretty comfortably.
"He missed some training after the Fountain of Youth, so (the distance) was a concern, but we did want to go one turn." On a potential Belmont Stakes start: "We just wanted to get him back. We believe in the horse, but you just never know until he does it. He was good in his first couple of races, and I thought he had an excuse in the Fountain of Youth, so we'll see where he takes us."
Luis Saez, winning jockey: "I had a lot of horse. He's nice. Since I rode him the first time, he's always had that talent. I worked him at Churchill Downs, and I knew he was ready for this race. It's a good sign. He's good breaking from the gate. We didn't want to put a lot of speed early so we sat there. I knew he would respond when we came to the stretch. Definitely, I think he can stretch out. I looked at the program and I knew that (Federal Case) would go to the lead. We tried to sit second, right there, if he was on the lead. We were in a perfect spot. The track is pretty fast. He was very comfortable in that position, and when we came to the stretch, he was all right."
Joel Rosario, jockey of runner-up Sir Winston: "It was a nice finish. He put a good run toward the end. The horse that went to the lead never came back. Speed seems to be playing well out there."