Decorated Invader Returns a Winner at Gulfstream


Decorated Invader | Derbe Glass

Trainer Christophe Clement earned his 2000th career victory Friday afternoon with a son of Declaration of War in Gufo, and picked up right where he left off Saturday, with last year’s GI Summer S. hero Decorated Invader making a successful sophomore debut to give Clement his second win on the card through four races. A fast-finishing second on debut at the Spa last July, Decorated Invader broke through by daylight a month later before his visually impressive tally in Woodbine’s Summer. He settled for fourth in the Nov. 1 GI Breeders’ Cup Juvenile Turf after getting shuffled back early and then uncorking a head-turning but very wide rally that likely left many of his backers feeling like they were on the right horse but got nothing to show for it. Backed early and often here against a field that included last-out GIII Palm Beach S. hero Vitalogy (GB) (No Nay Never), Decorated Invader broke slowest but was unhurried early as a pair of foes hooked up and sped away through impossible fractions of :22.53 and :45.59. The bay launched an outside bid heading into the home turn, spinning into the lane some five or six deep. He took a few strides to level off, but once he did he inhaled gutsy pace presence Get Smokin as South Bend followed him in.

The winner’s dam, who dominated her only career start sprinting on the dirt, was bred to Distorted Humor for 2020. His third dam is GISW Hail Atlantis, who produced MSW and successful sire Stormy Atlantic as well as the dam of GISW Bandini.

CUTLER BAY S., $100,000, Gulfstream, 3-28, 3yo, 1mT, 1:33.12, fm.
1–DECORATED INVADER, 124, c, 3, by Declaration of War
1st Dam: Gamely Girl, by Arch
2nd Dam: Helstra, by Nureyev
3rd Dam: Hail Atlantis, by Seattle Slew
($200,000 Ylg ’18 KEESEP). O-West Point Thoroughbreds,
William T. Freeman, William Sandbrook & Cheryl Manning;
B-Redmon Farm, LLC (KY); T-Christophe Clement; J-Joel
Rosario. $57,660. Lifetime Record: 5-3-1-0, $288,035. *1/2 to
Jubliant Girl (Henrythenavigator), SW, $107,067.
2–South Bend, 122, c, 3, Algorithms–Sandra’s Rose, by Old
Trieste. ($47,000 RNA Ylg ’18 FTKJUL; $70,000 2yo ’19
OBSMAR). O-Sagamore Farm LLC; B-Highclere Inc. (KY);
T-Stanley M. Hough. $18,600.
3–Get Smokin, 118, g, 3, Get Stormy–Hookah Lady, by Smoke
Glacken. ($11,000 Ylg ’18 FTKOCT). O-Mary Abeel Sullivan
Revocable Trust; B-Hurstland Farm, Inc. & James Greene Jr.
(KY); T-Thomas M. Bush. $9,300.
Margins: 1 1/4, 3/4, HF. Odds: 1.80, 8.80, 5.80.
Also Ran: Summer to Remember, Vitalogy (GB), Fenwick Station, Street Ready, Moon Over Miami, Pleasecallmeback, Mr. Hustle, Captain D, Inter Miami. Scratched: Bye Bye Melvin, Diamonds Enjoy, Vintage Print, With Verve. Click for the chart or VIDEO, sponsored by Fasig-Tipton.

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