ESCAPIST (c, 3, Stroll--Bend, by Arch)
showed off impressive early zip to don cap and gown by 4 1/4 lengths going five grassy furlongs at Gulfstream Feb. 20, and was given a 7-2 chance to remain unbeaten in what looked like a wide-open affair here. Drawn wide, the dark bay tugged his way to the front midway down the backside after a slow start, posting splits of :22.61 and :46.32. Challengers lined up to take runs at the leader at the head of the lane, but he dug in gamely to find the line a half-length in front of Shore Runner (More Than Ready) in 1:09.12. The winner is a half to Saturday’s GI Metropolitan H. contender Clearly Now (Horse Greeley), MGSW & GSP, $616,927. Lifetime Record: 2-2-0-0. Click for the brisnet.com chart or VIDEO.
O-Peter D Pugh & Cherry Knoll Farm. B-Claiborne Farm (Ky). T-Peter D Pugh.
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