Annex took his record to two-for-two with a late-closing kick to take the Palm Beach S. at Gulfstream Saturday. Tabbed a 'TDN Rising Star' when rallying from well back to graduate on debut going a mile here Jan. 16, he was favored at 6-5 to repeat in this black-type bow. Racing in sixth, the chestnut was well back off the pace as Arzak (Not This Time) shot out to a clear lead with about 10 lengths on his closest pursuer Hot Blooded (Declaration of War), who also had daylight on the rest of the field. Arzak zipped through swift splits of :22.38 and :44.80 with Annex and the others just biding their time. Pulled out into the clear three wide at the top of the lane, Annex unleashed a powerful turn of foot, surging clear late to secure the win over Scarlett Sky.
Annex is the 16th black-type scorer for hot young sire Constitution and the 189th black-type winner out of a daughter of Unbridled's Song. His dam You Make ME Sing is a half-sister to MGISW You (You and I), who is the dam of GSW You and I Forever (A.P. Indy). She produced an Honor Code colt in 2019 and a filly by that sire in 2020. The 10-year-old mare was bred back to Mitole. Click for the Equibase.com chart or VIDEO, sponsored by Fasig-Tipton.
PALM BEACH S., $100,000, Gulfstream, 2-27, 3yo, 1 1/16mT, 1:40.62, fm.
1–ANNEX, 118, c, 3, by Constitution
1st Dam: You Make Me Sing, by Unbridled's Song
2nd Dam: Our Dani, by Homebuilder
3rd Dam: Lovely Briar, by Briartic
($65,000 RNA Ylg '19 KEESEP). 1ST BLACK TYPE WIN. O-LNJ
Foxwoods and Eclipse Thoroughbred Partners; B-William
Harrigan & Mike Pietrangelo (KY); T-William I. Mott; J-Junior
Alvarado. $60,140. Lifetime Record: 2-2-0-0, $84,140.
'TDN Rising Star'
2–Scarlett Sky, 120, c, 3, Sky Mesa–Mata Mua, by Arch.
O/B-Stuart S. Janney, III LLC (KY); T-Claude R. McGaughey III.
3–Chess's Dream, 123, c, 3, Jess's Dream–Achalaya, by Bellamy
Road. ($20,000 Ylg '19 OBSWIN; $25,000 Ylg '19 FTKJUL).
O-Dubb, Michael, Bouchey, Steven, Bethlehem Stables LLC and
Bishop, Chester A.; B-Loren Nichols (FL); T-Michael J. Maker.
Margins: HD, 1 3/4, 3/4. Odds: 1.30, 2.70, 7.10.
Also Ran: Fighting Force, Sigiloso, Cave Hill, Hot Blooded, Arzak.