Never Surprised graduated by a dominant 3 1/2 lengths in his six-furlong debut over this turf course Nov. 8. Stretching out for this second start, the bay colt had the lead all to himself after longshot Counterfeitcurency (Currency Swap) got bumped hard at the break and lost rider Mike Luzzi. Never Surprised jumped out to the early lead and was unchallenged through fractions of :23.85 and :49.37 as the loose horse drifted in and out of the field behind him. He had a three-length advantage in upper stretch and maintained a clear lead to the wire.
“I was talking to [owner] Mike [Repole] this morning and I said we're doing pretty much everything wrong that you can do,” said winning trainer Todd Pletcher. “We were running back off short rest after an impressive debut; going from a maiden to a stakes, going from short to long, and going from firm to soft ground. We pretty much threw the book at him today. It obviously is the last opportunity to run on the grass here. The options were to wait for Florida. I just wanted to see how he does with three weeks in between races. He had a nice breeze and has been doing well, showing good energy, so we felt like we should do it.”
Tiz Dixie produced a filly by Connect in 2019 and a colt by Munnings this year before being bred back to Munnings. Her yearling RNA'd for $50,000 at this year's Keeneland September sale. Click for the Equibase.com chart or VIDEO, sponsored by Fasig-Tipton.
CENTRAL PARK S., $100,000, Aqueduct, 11-28, (C), 2yo, 1 1/16mT, 1:43.74, gd.
1–NEVER SURPRISED, 120, c, 2, by Constitution
1st Dam: Tiz Dixie, by Tiznow
2nd Dam: Comeon Dixie, by Mr. Greeley
3rd Dam: Dixieland Blues, by Dixieland Band
($30,000 Wlg '18 KEENOV; $200,000 Ylg '19 KEESEP).
1ST BLACK TYPE WIN. O-Repole Stable; B-Golden Pedigree LLC
(KY); T-Todd A. Pletcher; J-Kendrick Carmouche. $55,000.
Lifetime Record: 2-2-0-0, $99,000. *10th stakes winner for
sophomore sire (by Tapit).
2–Hard Love, 120, r, 2, Kitten's Joy–Hard Lovin Woman, by Rock
Hard Ten. ($80,000 RNA Ylg '19 KEESEP; $200,000 2yo '20
OBSAPR). O-Robert LaPenta & Augustin Stable; B-Kenneth &
Sarah K. Ramsey (KY); T-Jonathan Thomas. $20,000.
3–Take Profit, 120, c, 2, Air Force Blue–Cavanaugh Park (Ire), by
Galileo (Ire). ($70,000 RNA Ylg '19 KEESEP; $10,000 2yo '20
OBSMAR). O-Orpen Horses, LLC; B-Marcus Stables LLC (KY);
T-Jeremiah O'Dwyer. $12,000.
Margins: 1 3/4, 10, 1HF. Odds: 2.25, 2.45, 63.25.
Also Ran: Scarlett Sky, Catman, Royne, Breadman, Run Casper Run, Counterfeitcurency. Scratched: Original.