Constitution's Mindframe Romps in 'TDN Rising Star' Debut

Mindframe | Lauren King

Repole Stable and St. Elias Stables' Mindframe (Constitution), sent off the even-money favorite in his debut, more than lived up to the hype, earning 'TDN Rising Star' status with a 13 3/4-length romping victory Saturday at Gulfstream Park. The dark bay colt was hustled from the gate and just off the leader in the early strides before settling back off the pace behind fractions of :21.92 and :44.44. When Irad Ortiz said go, he made eye-catching progress to grab the lead out of the turn and stormed home an unchallenged winner. Ortiz won three of the first five races on Saturday's Florida Derby card in Hallandale.

“We were anticipating a big debut,” said winning trainer Todd Pletcher. “I thought that was something special there. He trained outstanding coming into the race. He's been doing everything right. Everything has come very easily for him. I wasn't sure if he was fit enough until his last gate work. It surprised me. He hasn't had much of a body of work leading into it, so much of this is on natural talent.”

Mindframe, a $600,000 Keeneland September purchase, was one of 31 yearlings purchased at that 2022 auction by Mike Repole's Repole Stable and Vinnie Viola's St. Elias Stables.

Walk of Stars, a half-sister to multiple stakes-winner and multiple graded-placed Strike the Moon (Malibu Moon), has a 2-year-old colt by Maclean's Music. She was bred to Jack Christopher last year.

5th-Gulfstream, $74,340, Msw, 3-30, 3yo, 7f, 1:21.72, ft, 13 3/4 lengths.
MINDFRAME, c, 3, by Constitution
                1st Dam: Walk of Stars (SW, $154,944), by Street Sense
                2nd Dam: Star Kell, by Star de Naskra
                3rd Dam: Special Kell, by Parfaitement
$600,000 Ylg '22 KEESEP. Lifetime Record: 1-1-0-0, $42,000. O-Repole Stable and St. Elias Stables LLC; B-R. Larry Johnson (MD); T-Todd A. Pletcher. *1/2 to Hollywood Walk (Animal Kingdom), SP, $224,031.  Click for the chart or VIDEO, sponsored by FanDuel TV or the free catalogue-style pedigree.


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