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Digital Age Caps Big Day for Invincible Spirit

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9th at CD , Gr. Stk, $400,000GII American Turf S. (1 1/16m)Winner: Digital Age (Ire), c, 3 by Invincible Spirit (Ire)

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The 2017 Tattersalls October Yearling Sale: the gift that just keeps on giving for trainer Chad Brown.

Digital Age (Ire) (Invincible Spirit {Ire}), a narrow last out winner of Tampa’s Columbia S. Mar. 9, remained unbeaten with a smart, come-from-behind tally in the GII American Turf S. on the Kentucky Derby undercard.

A bit chilly on the board at 8-1 considering his perfect record and high-profile barn, Digital Age raced in a ground-saving ninth through a half-mile in :49.32. Tipped out off the turn for home, he was fanned out at least six or seven-wide at the top of the stretch and came charging down the center of the course to get the money.

Digital Age won his debut over the Tampa turf Jan. 19 prior to his head victory in his aforementioned stakes debut.

“He saved a lot of ground,” Brown said. “He was stuck on the inside of the turf course, which is a double-edged sword. You want to save ground in these turf races, but clearly the outside of the turf course is a little bit better. I was just hoping Irad [Ortiz Jr.] found good ground, and he did a good job of it. You’ve got to respect this horse, he knows where the wire is. He knows when to kick and he can get there in time. We bought him as a yearling at Newmarket. We just took our time getting him to the races. He had a few baby issues, but the owners were real patient. His time is now.”

Pedigree Notes:

Digital Age added to a huge day already for Invincible Spirit, also the sire of Saturday’s G1 QIPCO 2000 Guineas hero Magna Grecia (Ire). Digital Age was a 325,000gns purchase by Klaravich Stables at the aforementioned TATOCT Sale while last term’s GI Breeders’ Cup Juvenile Fillies Turf heroine and ‘TDN Rising Star’ Newspaperofrecord (Ire) (Lope de Vega {Ire}), second in her seasonal debut in Churchill’s GIII Edgewood S. Friday, brought 200,000gns; two-for-two ‘Rising Star’ Demarchelier (GB) (Dubawi {Ire}) was a 425,000gns purchase; and recent ‘Rising Star’ debut winner Value Proposition (GB) (Dansili {GB} was a 400,000gns acquisition. All four are trained by Brown. Digital Age’s unraced dam is a half to Irish Group 1 winner and English Group 3 winner Cursory Glance (Distorted Humor). He has 2-year-old and yearling full-sisters.

 

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