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Boisterous Pads His Resume in Man o'War
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9th at BELGI Man o'War S. ($600k)  [1 3/8m (T)]Winner: Boisterous, h, 6 by Distorted Humor
Saturday, Belmont Park
MAN O' WAR S.-GI, $600,000, BEL, 7-13, 3yo/up,
1 3/8mT, 2:14, gd.
1--BOISTEROUS, 120, h, 6, by Distorted Humor
     1st Dam: Emanating (SW & GISP, $273,030), by Cox's Ridge
     2nd Dam: Lead Kindly Light, by Majestic Light
     3rd Dam: Arabian Dancer, by Damascus
O-Phipps Stable; B-Cynthia Phipps (KY); T-Claude R McGaughey III; J-John R Velazquez. $360,000.
Lifetime Record: 25-11-3-2, $1,297,910. *1/2 to Peyton (Tale of the Cat), GSP, $272,422. Werk Nick Rating: A. Click for the eNicks report & 5-cross pedigree.

2--Twilight Eclipse, 120, g, 4, Purim--My Twilight Dancer, by Twilight Agenda. ($1,000 yrl '10 KEEJAN). O-West Point Thoroughbreds; B-Epona Thoroughbreds (KY); T-Thomas Albertrani. $120,000.

3--Exclusive Strike, 116, g, 6, Smart Strike--Glaire (Brz), by Roi Normand. ($85,000 RNA yrl '08 KEESEP). O-Mr Amore Stable; B-Green Hills Farm Inc (KY); T-Jason Servis. $60,000.
Margins: 2 1/4, HF, 3/4. Odds: 1.55, 8.40, 22.40.
Also Ran: Finnegans Wake, Optimizer, Al Khali, Speaking of Which (Ire), Folk Singer.
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   Trainer Shug McGaughey and the Phipps Stable were dealt a blow when their star turfer Point of Entry (Dynaformer) exited his win in the June 8 GI Woodford Reserve Manhattan H. here with a non-displaced condylar fracture that will require some time on the sidelines, but that void has been capably filled by consistent veteran Boisterous. Handled patiently in patented McGaughey fashion, Boisterous came to hand at the end of his 3-year-old year and was a multiple graded stakes winner by the end of the following season. A close third in last year’s Manhattan, the dark bay stretched Rahystrada (Rahy) to a neck in what would be his second of three GIII Arlington H. titles (see below) last July. After failing to make an impact in the GI Arlington Million, Boisterous successfully defended his GIII Knickerbocker S. and GII Red Smith H. titles before finishing second at odds-on in Churchill’s GIII River City H. Nov. 25. Second behind Successful Dan (Successful Appeal) in a paceless running of Keeneland’s GIII Ben Ali S. on the Polytrack Apr. 21, Boisterous defeated subsequent GI United Nations S. hero Big Blue Kitten (Kitten’s Joy) in the GII Monmouth S. June 9.   
   Away from the blocks in good order, the public’s choice settled into a perfect mid-pack spot as longshot Folk Singer (Forest Danger) tried to do his best impression of Presious Passion (Royal Anthem)--or Mission Approved (With Approval) considering his connections--through splits much too quick for the distance. The field began to bunch on the home turn as the pacesetter dropped anchor, and it looked briefly like Boisterous might get trapped behind him. But pilot John Velazquez took his mount off the rail and he sliced through a seam and out into the clear at the top of the stretch. Leader Twilight Eclipse braced for the challenge, but he couldn’t hold off Boisterous past midstretch edged away steadily in the run to the line.
   “I’m going to smile on this one, because this horse deserves to win a Grade I,” said the always reserved Derby-winning McGaughey. “He had been training so good. His three races this year have all been really good. We kind of caught a turf today we liked. I was looking for a little bit of rain. I’m tickled to death, not for me, but for the horse.” As for what’s next, the Hall of Famer said, “We’ll think about the [GI] Sword Dancer [at Saratoga Aug. 17]. We’ll think about the [Aug. 17 GI] Arlington Million. We’ll think about the [GI] Pacific Classic [at Del Mar Aug. 25]. When we get up there, we’ll see how he’s doing. The Arlington Million I’m a little bit gun shy on because I don’t really understand why he ran bad there last year. Somebody said, ‘He didn’t run all that bad. He was ninth, beaten [5 3/4 lengths],’ but he ran bad.”
   Boisterous is out of half-sister to GI NYRA Mile H. winner Gold Fever (Forty Niner). His second dam won the GIII Athenia H. here.

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