A.P. Indy's Clear Attempt Wins Poker
, $150,000, BEL, 7-4, 3yo/up, 1mT, 1:34, fm.
1--#@CLEAR ATTEMPT, 116, c, 4, by A.P. Indy 1st Dam: Silent Sighs (GISW, $442,700), by Benchmark
2nd Dam: Quiet Romance, by Bertrando
3rd Dam: Brisa de Mar, by Pirate's Bounty
O/B-Pam & Martin Wygod (KY); T-William I Mott; J-Jose Lezcano; $90,000. Lifetime Record: 11-3-4-1, $197,902. Werk Nick Rating: B. Click for the eNicks report & 5-cross pedigree.
, 118, g, 6, Officer--Purple Hills, by Dynaformer. ($65,000 2yo '08 OBSAPR; $19,000 RNA yrl '07 KEESEP). O-La Marca Stable; B-Kenneth L & Sarah K Ramsey (NY); T-Bruce R Brown; $30,000.
, 116, g, 8, Langfuhr
--Upper Noosh, by Red Ransom. O/B-Fox Ridge Farm Inc (KY); T-Patrick J Kelly; $15,000.
Margins: 1 3/4, HF, 1HF. Odds: 8.90, 1.10, 15.00.
Also Ran: Boots Ahead, Right One (Fr), Voodoo Storm, Gourmet Dinner. Scratched: El Commodore, Queen'splatekitten, Monument Hill, Uncle T Seven, Isn't He Perfect. Click for the brisnet.com chart, the brisnet.com PPs or the video, sponsored by Taylor Made Sales.
Clear Attempt, who broke his maiden over the Belmont lawn last June, was making his third start of the year off a pair of runner-up efforts in allowance company, first at Gulfstream Jan. 22 and last time when just nosed out over nine furlongs of this course May 18. The well-bred colt, making his stakes debut, raced in hand while closest to the sensible pace of Yield Bogey. The pacesetter, who saw a clear lead evaporate quickly after an opening half in :24.78, reasserted some measure of control through a half in :48.12, but couldn't hold off the upper-stretch challenge of Clear Attempt. Clear Attempt had plenty in reserve to draw clear as favored Compliance Officer got up for second. "My horse broke very good," commented winning trainer Jose Lezcano. "He was very comfortable, he didn't pull me. When the favorite moved outside, I moved with him and I kept waiting until the quarter-pole to really ask him. When I asked him, he gave me a good kick and finished good." Leanna Willaford, assistant to trainer Bill Mott, added, "This race wasn't setting up to be terribly, terribly tough, and cutting him back a little bit seemed like the thing to do." Of Clear Attempt's late entry into stakes company, Willaford explained, "Bill just takes his time. He's marinating them. We've always liked this horse. He's been one we aspired to win a stakes with."