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Dermarchelier Marches On in Pennine Ridge


Demarchelier handled a stretch out in distance and a step up in class, overtaking Clint Maroon in deep stretch and fending off Seismic Wave's challenge before the wire to capture the fifth running of the Pennine Ridge Stakes at Belmont Park.

Demarcheiler stayed off the early speed as stablemate and fellow English-bred Value Proposition led the seven-horse field through an opening quarter-mile in 24.53, the half in 49.27 and three-quarters in 1:12.98 on the inner turf rated good. Demarchelier was set down by Javier Castellano in the stretch, gaining command in the final furlong. Seismic Wave bid boldly under Joel Rosario from the outside, but the Dubawi colt was best by a neck.

He completed 1 1/8 mile in 1:48.20 to improve to three wins from three starts for trainer Chad Brown and owner Peter Brant.

Off at 5-1, Demarchelier returned $12.40 on a $2 win wager. He improved his career bankroll to $188,520 and will now target the Belmont Derby Invitational on Stars & Stripes Day on July 7 at Belmont. The 1 1/4-mile Belmont Derby is the first leg of the New York Racing Association's Turf Triple series, which also includes the Saratoga Derby on Aug. 4 and the Jockey Club Derby on Sept. 7 at Belmont.

Seismic Wave, trained by Bill Mott, was coming off a clsoe fourth-place finish in the American Turf on May 4 at Churchill Downs. He finished one-length ahead of 5-2 favorite Social Paranoia for second.

Henley's Joy, Clint Maroon, Magnificent McCool and Value Proposition completed the order of finish. Swamp Rat was scratched.


Chad Brown, winning trainer: "He ran great. Javier just bided his time back there, and the race set up pretty well for him. The fractions weren't really strong, but he was able to close down the center of the track and get up in time. After he broke his maiden, we had mapped out a plan to get to the Belmont Derby, and fortunately it looks like the plan is coming together. He's a really top-quality colt. Obviously well-bred and well-ridden each time. It's exciting to have a horse headed to that big race."

Javier Castellano, winning jockey: "I didn't expect it to be such a slow pace like that. The way I handicapped it, there were a couple of horses that could get a good pace, and it would be good fractions. The way my horse did it was very impressive. He finished very well. He's a young horse and still learning. Mr. Brown did a great job managing the horse. You can see his first two races were a mile and a sixteenth. Today, he stretched out to a mile and an eighth, and he handled it so well. With a slow pace, he finished really well. He's going in the right direction and has a good mind. He's going to be good in the future."

Joel Rosario: "It was a fine trip. He broke well and I just found myself at the back. He came with a nice run. I thought for a second we were going to catch Javier, but that horse just kept on going. It was a good run."

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