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No Parole Runs Away With Woody Stephens

6/20/2020

Takes No Prisoners

No Parole remained undefeated in sprints after breaking sharply from the inside post and leading at every call before surging home to a 3 3/4-length victory in the seven-furlong Woody Stephens Stakes presented by Claiborne Farm at Belmont Park.

No Parole shot out of the gate under Luis Saez, leading the five-horse field through an opening quarter-mile in 22.31 seconds, the half in 45.01 and three-quarters in 1:08.62 on a fast main track.

No Parole stayed to the inside out of the turn and drew away from the competition, besting runner-up Echo Town and posting a final time of 1:21.42 in the gate-to-wire win for his second straight victory.

The Violence colt improved to four-for-four in sprints and won for the fifth time in six starts overall.

Bred in Louisiana by Coteau Grove Farms, No Parole is owned by Maggi Moss and Greg Tramontin. He started his career with three straight wins, following a pair of six-furlong triumphs with a 6 1/2-furlong victory in the one-mile Premier Night Prince in February at Delta Downs. Trainer Amoss stretched him out to 1 1/16 mile in the Rebel in March, where he finished eighth. He was cut back to six furlongs next out and topped allowance company on April 24 at Oaklawn Park.

Off at 3-1 in a field of five, No Parole returned $8.20 on a $2 win wager. He nearly doubled his career earnings to $295,366.

Echo Town, making his graded stakes debut for trainer Steve Asmussen, passed horses in the lane and was 1 3/4-lengths better of stablemate Shoplifted for second. Mischevious Alex and Meru completed the order of finish.

CONNECTIONS QUOTES

Tom Amoss; "I think No Parole's game is his speed. He's shown that in all his races. To be able to draw the inside and take advantage of that with a good rider like Saez, everything played out as we hoped. No Parole is a one-turn horse for sure. We'll get together with the ownership and we'll sit down and map out a plan. We're very excited about his future and we're already thinking about the first weekend in November."

Luis Saez: "He did it perfect. It was the game plan. You always want to slow the pace as much as you can, and today they gave me the opportunity, so we took it. I think it worked pretty good. He came out of the gate perfect and he put me in a perfect spot. We came to the half-mile and I had a lot of horse. When we hit the stretch, he took off. I was sitting chilly and I knew I had a lot of horse. When everyone got close to him, he took off again."

Ricardo Santana, Jr.:  "He ran his race and made up ground good."


 

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