TEAM VALOR RUSHAWAY S., $75,000, TPX, 3-23, 3yo, 1 1/16m (AWT), 1:45 3/5, ft.
1--#CROP REPORT, 118, c, 3, by Medaglia d'Oro1st Dam: Amarillo (GSW, $424,404), by Crafty Prospector2nd Dam: Popachee, by Apalachee3rd Dam: Jane Gallant, by Gallant Man
(32,000 EUR 2yo ‘12 ARQMAY; $35,000 2yo ‘12 KEEJAN). O-Team Valor International; B-Liberation Farm (KY); T-H Graham Motion; J-Joel Rosario. $46,035. Lifetime Record: 4-2-0-1, $57,603.
, 118, c, 3, Divine Park
--Window Woman, by Skip Away. ($14,000 RNA yrl '11 KEESEP). O-Silverton Hill LLC. $14,850.
, 118, c, 3, English Channel
--Heavenly Ransom, by Red Ransom. O-Calumet Farm. $7,425.
Margins: 1 3/4, 3, 3HF. Odds: 0.60, 2.10, 9.20.
Also Ran: Takin the Sloroad, J. J. Got Even, Bet a Bundle. Scratched: Stormin Monarcho, Star Contender, Honorable Guest.
Crop Report failed to make it into the oversubscribed GIII Spiral S. two races later on this card, and the connections of runners in that field probably let out a collective sigh of relief after the heavy favorite’s impressive performance here. The dark bay kicked off his career in Britain for owner M. J. Tuckey and conditioner William Haggas, earning his diploma by a five-length margin second out at Newmarket in October. Privately purchased by Team Valor International--who happened to be the sponsors of this race--the dark bay waltzed out of the gate in a turfy Gulfstream allowance Feb. 23, but flew home late as he wove between horses to finish a close-up third behind Spiral upsetter Black Onyx (Rock Hard Ten). He entered with plenty of buzz and, after several scratches, came down significantly from a 4-1 morning line. Away in no particular hurry again here despite the addition of blinkers, Crop Report caboosed the field early as Divine Ambition posted splits of :23.76, :47.97 and 1:13.14. The hulking favorite began to come alive late on the turn as Divine Ambition built up some daylight, and he gobbled up ground in the lane despite failing to switch leads to power to the front for an auspicious first Stateside success. "I was a little concerned," admitted assistant trainer David Rock of the winner’s slow start. "We hoped he would show a little more speed, but we knew he would finish up. The horse gave himself a lot to do. He's European and a big horse, so maybe the gate's a little small to him. Owners are talking about running him in the [GI] Blue Grass Stakes [at Keeneland ftlineApr. 13]. The further [nine-furlong distance certainly will help." On presenting the winning trophy to himself, Team Valor’s Barry Irwin said, "It's pretty weird! I didn't even realize I was doing it, but I guess I was. It's the first time I ever sponsored a race, and it was fun. I think we'll do it again." Click for the brisnet.com chart or VIDEO.
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