City Man Punches Pegasus Turf Ticket in Ft. Lauderdale

City Man | Ryan Thompson

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Reeves Thoroughbred Racing and Peter and Patty Searles' City Man (Mucho Macho Man) was the recipient of a cool-headed ride from Joel Rosario and kicked smartly at the fence to take out Saturday's GII Fort Lauderdale S., earning a spot in the field for the GI Pegasus World Cup Turf in a month's time.

And he's done it the old-fashioned way–he's earned it.

The second betting favorite as the public went head over heels for the comebacking two-time Pegasus hero Colonel Liam (Liam's Map), City Man bounced well from gate six and was asked for a bit of speed to get a foothold at the fence in third, as longshots Winfromwithin (Into Mischief) and Decorated Invader (Declaration of War) showed the most early interest. Colonel Liam, marooned in the 11 hole and having his first run since finishing down the field in the G1 Dubai Turf last March, got all the way down into the two path to be a forward factor as well.

Holding his spot at the fence turning up the backstretch, City Man was in the box seat from third, while Colonel Liam was taken out three wide, with a clear shot at the leaders as they reached the midpoint of the second turn. Ridden with the whip three wide at the three-sixteenths, Colonel Liam got to within a length of the now-scrimmaging pacesetters, but had run his race soon after. Ridden for a bit of luck by Rosario, City Man was shifted down to the rail to take advantage of the opening left by a drifting Winfromwithin, felt a right-handed crack of the crop when striking to the lead about a furlong down and kept on gamely for the victory. Street Ready (More Than Ready) won a photo for third ahead of the dead-heating Winfromwithin and 65-1 Good Governance (GB) (Kingman {GB}), who ran a sneaky race while covering stacks of extra ground. Colonel Liam tired to sixth.

“The idea was to be forward with him,” winning trainer Christophe Clement confirmed. “I told [jockey Joel Rosario] not to fight him and be comfortable, and he won well. It's a nice race, a prep for the Pegasus. That would be the plan. He's a New York-bred, so I gave him a break [in the winter] in the past. But this year, I just thought we had never run in the Pegasus and I told Mr. Reeves, 'Why don't you try to run in the Pegasus?' It's a beautiful turf course, well done by Gulfstream. They got it right. All the jockeys have been very positive about it, and I'm delighted.”

Trainer Todd Pletcher indicated that the Pegasus remains in the plans for the beaten favorite.

“I thought he worked out a pretty good trip from the wide post,” the conditioner said. “He got to the position we wanted. They were really running along quickly. [Jockey] Irad [Ortiz Jr.] said he flattened out on him a little in the middle of the far turn. It's been a while since he's run and hopefully, he needed the race. He seemed to jog back great and looked great. We'll train as though he'll run in the Pegasus Turf unless he tells me not to.”

Better than ever at the age of five, City Man caused a 12-1 upset in Saratoga's GIII Forbidden Apple S. in July, his first at the graded level and was a good second in the GIII Bernard Baruch H. in September. Much to the chagrin of his competition, the 5-year-old returned to state-bred restricted company for his two most recent appearances at Aqueduct, resulting in wins in the Sept. 24 Ashley T. Cole S. and the Mohawk S. Oct. 30.

Pedigree Notes:

City Man is one of three graded winners for Mucho Macho Man, whose two Grade I winners include 2020 GI Pegasus World Cup romper Mucho Gusto. City Scamper, a winning half-sister to New York-bred stakes winner Alwaysinstilletos (Bandini), produced a colt by Hoppertunity in 2020, a full-sister to City Man in 2021 already named Miss City Girl and a Vino Rosso filly in 2022.

Saturday, Gulfstream
FT. LAUDERDALE S.-GII, $200,000, Gulfstream, 12-31, 3yo/up, 1 1/8mT, 1:46.10, fm.
1–CITY MAN, 126, h, 5, by Mucho Macho Man
                1st Dam: City Scamper, by City Zip
                2nd Dam: Always Belong, by Belong to Me
                3rd Dam: Morgans Raider, by Giboulee
($20,000 Wlg '17 FTNMIX; $185,000 2yo '19 OBSAPR).
O-Reeves Thoroughbred Racing, Peter & Patty Searles;
B-Moonstar Farm (NY); T-Christophe Clement; J-Joel Rosario.
$115,320. Lifetime Record: 26-9-5-3, $987,120. Werk Nick
Rating: A++. Click for the eNicks report & 5-cross pedigree.
Click for the free Equineline.com catalogue-style pedigree.
2–Decorated Invader, 121, h, 5, Declaration of War–Gamely
Girl, by Arch. ($200,000 Ylg '18 KEESEP). O-West Point
Thoroughbreds, William T. Freeman, William Sandbrook &
Cheryl Manning; B-Redmon Farm, LLC (KY); T-Christophe
Clement. $37,200.
3–Street Ready, 121, g, 5, More Than Ready–Sense to
Compete, by Street Sense. ($240,000 Ylg '18 KEESEP). O-Lucky
Seven Stable (Mackin); B-Earle I. Mack LLC (KY); T-Ian R.
Wilkes. $18,600.
Margins: 1HF, NK, HD. Odds: 3.10, 21.90, 8.10.
Also Ran: (DH)-Good Governance (GB), (DH)-Winfromwithin, Colonel Liam, Pao Alto (Fr), Tango Tango Tango, King Cause, Shadow Sphinx, Kentucky Ghost, Carpenters Call. Scratched: Marwad (GB). Click for the Equibase.com chart and the TJCIS.com PPs. VIDEO, sponsored by TVG.

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