American Freedom Colt Impressive at Parx

Smarten Up | Nikki Sherman/Equi-Photo

1st-Parx Racing, $42,500, Msw, 11-22, 2yo, 1m 70y, 1:43.73, ft, 9 lengths.
SMARTEN UP (c, 2, American Freedom–Sarah Cataldo, by Smarty Jones) finished with interest to be runner-up on seven-furlong debut at this track Sept. 25 and was exiting a pace-pressing third in a one-mile test Oct. 20, good for a strong 71 Beyer Speed Figure. Four wide around the first time and right on top of a strong early pace, the even-money chalk punched the breeze down the backstretch. Allowed to poke his head in front at the three-eighths pole, the chestnut put a big break on them in upper stretch and cantered under the wire nine lengths to the good. Smarten Up, the 16th winner for his freshman sire (by Pulpit), is a half-brother to Tiger Blood (Cowtown Cat), MSW, $564,770. The useful Sarah Cataldo was purchased by Summerfield Sales for $20,000 with this colt in utero at the 2018 Keeneland November sale and she produced a colt from the first crop of Girvin in 2020 after being bought back for $17,000 at the OBS Winter Mixed Sale. The mare's most recent produce is a weanling colt by Not This Time. Sales history: $20,000 Ylg '20 OBSWIN; $50,000 2yo '21 OBSAPR. Lifetime Record: 3-1-1-1, $45,820. Click for the chart or VIDEO, sponsored by TVG.
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