Curlin Colt Stalks and Pounces to Peter Pan Score

4th at BEL, Gr. Stk, $300,000GIII Peter Pan S. (1 1/8m)Winner: Global Campaign, c, 3 by Global Campaign

Global Campaign | Adam Coglianese

‘TDN Rising Star’ Global Campaign, an impressive winner of his first two career starts at Gulfstream this winter, was freshened after tiring late to finish fifth in the GII Xpressbet Fountain of Youth S. Mar. 2.

Sent off as the 2-1 second-choice in this comebacker, Global Campaign sat a stalking second beneath Luis Saez, took over at the five-sixteenths marker and kept finding in the stretch to hold off late-charging Sir Winston to record his first stakes victory in a sharp final time.

Intrepid Heart, favored at even-money off back-to-back wins to kick of his career, stumbled at the start from his rail draw and never really found his stride, settling for a well-beaten third.

“It went quicker than we thought it would,” winning trainer Stanley Hough said. “We didn’t want to end up in a duel, but it looked like he did it pretty comfortably. He missed some training after the Fountain of Youth, so [the distance] was a concern, but we did want to go one turn.”

On a potential GI Belmont S. start, Hough added, “We just wanted to get him back. We believe in the horse, but you just never know until he does it. He was good in his first couple of races and I thought he had an excuse in the Fountain of Youth, so we’ll see where he takes us.”

Winning rider Luis Saez said, “I had a lot of horse. He’s nice. Since I rode him the first time, he’s always had that talent. I knew he would respond when we came to the stretch. Definitely, I think he can stretch out. We were in a perfect spot. The track is pretty fast. He was very comfortable in that position and when we came to the stretch, he was all right.”

Pedigree Notes:

Global Campaign becomes the 59th stakes winner for his two-time Horse of the Year-earning sire, Curlin, and the 200th stakes winner out of daughters of Horse of the Year A.P. Indy. The stunning statistic here though comes from Global Campaign’s dam, Globe Trot, whose three foals are all blacktype winners. They include Bolt d’Oro (Medaglia d’Oro), a multiple GISW winner and millionaire who is standing his first season at Spendthrift Farm, and Sonic Mule (Distorted Humor), a multiple blacktype winner who is also multiple graded-placed and is still in training with his most recent work Saturday at Saratoga. Global Campaign, who sold for $250,000 at the 2017 Keeneland September sale, has multiple graded winner Trip (Lord At War {Arg}) for a granddam and is also closely related to MGISW Zensational (Unbridled’s Song) and recent GSWs Recruiting Ready (Algorithms) and Departing (War Front). Globe Trot, a $100,000 KEESEP yearling and three-time winner, died in 2016.

Saturday, Belmont Park
PETER PAN S.-GIII, $291,000, Belmont, 5-11, 3yo, 1 1/8m, 1:46.71, ft.
1–GLOBAL CAMPAIGN, 116, c, 3, by Curlin
1st Dam: Globe Trot, by A.P. Indy
2nd Dam: Trip, by Lord At War (Arg)
3rd Dam: Tour, by Forty Niner
WIN. ($250,000 Ylg ’17 KEESEP). O-Sagamore Farm, LLC &
WinStar Farm, LLC; B-WinStar Farm, LLC (KY); T-Stanley M.
Hough; J-Luis Saez. $165,000. Lifetime Record: 4-3-0-0,
$228,480. *1/2 Sonic Mule (Distorted Humor), MSW & MGSP,
$264,190; Bolt d’Oro (Medaglia d’Oro), MGISW, $1,016,000.
Werk Nick Rating: A+.
Click for the eNicks report & 5-cross pedigree.
2–Sir Winston, 120, c, 3, Awesome Again–La Gran Bailadora, by
Afleet Alex. ($50,000 RNA Ylg ’17 KEESEP). O-Tracy Farmer;
B-Tracy Farmer (KY); T-Mark E. Casse. $60,000.
3–Intrepid Heart, 116, c, 3, Tapit–Flaming Heart, by TouchGold. TDN Rising Star ($750,000 2yo ’18 OBSAPR). O-Lawana
L. & Robert E. Low; B-WinStar Farm, LLC & Winchell
Thoroughbreds, LLC (KY); T-Todd A. Pletcher. $36,000.
Margins: 1 1/4, 4 3/4, 2HF. Odds: 2.00, 14.00, 1.15.
Also Ran: Final Jeopardy, Federal Case. Click for the chart, the PPs or the free catalogue-style pedigree. VIDEO, sponsored by Fasig-Tipton.

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