Saturday, Hoosier Park
, $513,600, HOO, 10-6, 3yo,
1 1/16m, 1:42 3/5, gd.
1--NECK 'N NECK, 124, c, 3, by Flower Alley 1st Dam: Bootery, by Storm Boot
2nd Dam: Magic Way, by Runaway Groom
3rd Dam: Magic Blaze, by Broad Brush
O/B-A Stevens Miles Jr (KY); T-Ian R Wilkes; J-Brian Joseph Hernandez Jr. $289,670. Lifetime Record: 13-4-2-0, $609,776. Werk Nick Rating: A. Click for the eNicks report & 5-cross pedigree.
, 124, c, 3, Lion Heart--Shine Forth, by Carson City. ($15,000 yrl '10 FTKJUL). O-Bourbon Lane Stable & Wayne Lynn,; B-Oscar & Eloise Penn (KY); T-Kellyn Gorder. $96,557.
, 124, c, 3, Giant's Causeway
--Spunoutacontrol, by Wild Again. ($950,000 yrl '10 KEESEP). O-Kaleem Shah Inc; B-Colts Neck Stables LLC (KY); T-Bob Baffert. $53,106.
Margins: 1, HD, 1. Odds: 4.60, 3.30, 1.20.
Also Ran: Morgan's Guerrilla, Afford, Tritap, O'Prado Again, Easter Gift, Junebugred, Second City, Stealcase.
Scratched: Adirondack King. Click for the brisnet.com chart, the brisnet.com PPs or the free brisnet.com catalogue-style pedigree.
Neck 'n Neck remained on the edges in graded stakes tries leading up to the GI Kentucky Derby, but put it all together when he romped home a 6 1/2-length victor in a Churchill allowance May 10. He followed that up with an equally emphatic score in the GIII Matt Winn S. back under the Twin Spires June 16, but couldn't down subsequent GI Travers S. winner Alpha (Bernardini) when second in the sloppy GII Jim Dandy S. at Saratoga July 28. The homebred was looking to bounce back from a rough-trip sixth in the Aug. 25 "Midsummer Derby," and bounce back he did. Content to caboose the field early as Fed Biz dueled on the lead, Neck 'n Neck rapidly picked off horses on the far turn, but had to spin seven wide for clear sailing at the top of the lane. He continued his relentless advance to blow past Fed Biz at the sixteenth pole, and held off late-running "TDN Rising Star"
Bourbon Courage to give pilot Brian Hernandez, Jr. an Oaks/Derby double.