In a race likely to produce multiple starters for the GI Florida Derby and other major Kentucky Derby preps over the next six weeks, Twin Creek Racing and WinStar Farm's TDN Rising Star Constitution (c, 3, Tapit--Baffled, by Distorted Humor) proved about 2 1/2 lengths better than fellow Rising Star Tonalist (Tapit) in one of the saltier allowance races carded in some time. The $400,000 FTSAUG yearling purchase was off slowly in his seven-furlong debut over this surface Jan. 11, but rushed up to dispute the pace and fought his way to a one-length success. He didn't break all that swiftly here and was three wide into the first turn, but Javier Castellano let him roll forward to take up the running entering the backstretch. He bounded along at an even clip with Tonalist taking the worst of it three wide and began to get away from that one nearing the short run in. The favorite turned for home firmly in front and kept to his task in the final sixteenth while maintaining a safe margin over Tonalist. Mexikoma (Birdstone), far back and last early, rallied nicely to round out the triple while never threatening the top two. Wicked Strong (Hard Spun) came from a similar trailing position, but flattened a bit late and settled for fourth. Final time for the 1 1/16 miles on a fast main track was 1:42 1/5. O-Twin Creeks Racing & WinStar Farm. B-Grapestock LLC & Fox Hill Farms (KY). T-Todd A Pletcher. Click for the brisnet.com chart or VIDEO.
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