Vorticity earned his first stakes victory with a score in Laurel's co-feature Saturday afternoon. Third on debut going six furlongs here Oct. 10, the dark bay annexed a seven-furlong test at Aqueduct Nov. 8, defeating Stradivari (Medaglia d'Oro) and Condo King (Tiz Wonderful), who both returned to earn maiden special weight victories earlier today. Vorticity skimmed the rail in the early stages and found himself in a bit of a tight spot through a half-mile in :46.44. Adroitly extracted from the rail by Victor Carrasco, the colt braced for a challenge from favored Never Gone South (Munnings) turning for home and repelled that rival to score by 1 1/2 lengths. The winner's MGSW dam is a half to GSW and GI Preakness S. runner-up Scrappy T (Fit to Fight).
MARYLANDER S., $100,000, LRL, 12-5, 2yo, 7f, 1:24.63, ft.
1–#VORTICITY, 120, c, 2, by Distorted Humor
1st Dam: Tar Heel Mom (MGSW, $832,892}, by Flatter
2nd Dam: Perpetual Light, by Sunny's Halo
3rd Dam: Flash McAllister, by Ward McAllister
($100,000 Ylg '14 KEESEP; $220,000 2yo '15 EASMAY).
O-Matthew Schera; B-Upson Downs Farm & Winstar Farm LLC
(KY); T-James L. Lawrence, II; J-Victor R. Carrasco. $60,000.
Lifetime Record: 3-2-0-1, $100,400.
2–Never Gone South, 120, c, 2, Munnings–Summer Rules, by
Perfect Soul (Ire). ($52,000 Wlg '13 KEENOV; $38,000 Ylg '14
FTKOCT; $90,000 2yo '15 OBSAPR). O-M M G Racing Stable;
B-Bend Or Thoroughbreds, USA (KY); T-Cathal A. Lynch.
3–Runningfromthefeds, 120, c, 2, Three Hour Nap–Smooth
Diva, by Smooth Jazz. O-Sugar Daddy Stable & Daniel
Rodriguez; B/T-Leo Rodriguez (IL). $10,000.
Margins: 3/4, 3 1/4, 4 3/4. Odds: 2.00, 0.50, 6.40.
Also Ran: Tale of E Dubai, Professor Zoom, Captain Alex, Midnight Lovin.
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