Dubawi Colt Stays Perfect in Belmont’s Pennine Ridge

8th at BEL, Gr. Stk, 200,000GIII Pennine Ridge S. (1 1/8m)Winner: Demarchelier (GB), c, 3 by Dubawi (Ire)

Demarchelier | Adam Coglianese

‘TDN Rising Star’ Demarchelier took his record to a perfect three-for-three with his first black-type score in the GIII Pennine Ridge S. at Belmont. This race is the local prep for next month’s GI Belmont Derby, which is now the first leg of NYRA’s new Turf Triple Crown.

Denying Seismic Wave by a head when taking his Aqueduct unveiling Nov. 21, Demarchelier bested next-out victor Award Winner (Ghostzapper) in a Keeneland allowance Apr. 12 and was given a 5-1 chance here.

The bay scraped the paint in second last early as stablemate and fellow ‘Rising Star’ Value Proposition (GB) (Dansili {GB}) was pushed along by Clint Maroon (GB) (Oasis Dream {GB}) on the front end, clocking early fractions of :24.53 and :49.27. Switched to the outside by Javier Castellano on the backstretch, the 425,000gns TATOCT buy was five-wide turning for home and unleashed a powerful rally in the lane, hitting the front in the final sixteenth and holding off a similar rally from Seismic Wave to score.

“He ran great,” winning trainer Chad Brown said. “Javier [Castellano] just bided his time back there and the race setup pretty well for him. The fractions weren’t really strong, but he was able to close down the center of the track and get up in time.”

He continued, “After he broke his maiden, we had mapped out a plan to get to the Belmont Derby [July 6] and fortunately it looks like the plan is coming together. He’s a really top-quality colt. Obviously well-bred and well-ridden each time. It’s exciting to have a horse headed to that big race.”

Pedigree Notes:

Demarchelier is the 111th graded/group winner for his European sire Dubawi and his 169th black-type victor. The winner is out of the unraced Sadler’s Wells mare Loveisallyouneed, who is a full-sister to Irish Highweights and MG1SWs Yesterday (Ire) and Quarter Moon (Ire), who is the dam of Group 1 winner Diamondsandrubies (Ire) (Fastnet Rock {Aus}). The 12-year-old mare is also responsible for a 2-year-old colt by Sea the Stars (Ire) and a yearling colt by Golden Horn (GB). This is also the family of MG1SW Aussie Rules (Danehill) and Irish Highweight Midas Touch (GB) (Galileo {Ire}).

Saturday, Belmont Park
PENNINE RIDGE S.-GIII, $200,000, Belmont, 6-1, 3yo, 1 1/8mT, 1:48.20, gd.
1–DEMARCHELIER (GB), 117, c, 3, by Dubawi (Ire)
1st Dam: Loveisallyouneed (Ire), by Sadler’s Wells
2nd Dam: Jude (GB), by Darshaan (GB)
3rd Dam: Alruccaba (Ire), by Crystal Palace (Fr)
‘TDN Rising Star’ (425,000gns Ylg ’17 TATOCT). O-Peter M.
Brant; B-Newsells Park Stud (GB); T-Chad C. Brown; J-Javier
Castellano. $110,000. Lifetime Record: 3-3-0-0, $188,520.
Werk Nick Rating: A. Click for the eNicks report & 5-cross pedigree.
2–Seismic Wave, 121, c, 3, Tapit–Conference Call (GB), by
Anabaa. O/B-Juddmonte Farms Inc (KY); T-William I. Mott.
3–Social Paranoia, 115, c, 3, Street Boss–Shutterbug, by Deputy
Minister. ($75,000 Ylg ’17 FTKJUL). O-The Elkstone Group, LLC
(Stuart Grant); B-Mineola Farm II, LLC & Silent Grove Farm, LLC
(KY); T-Todd A. Pletcher. $24,000.
Margins: NK, 1, 3/4. Odds: 5.20, 3.55, 2.35.
Also Ran: Henley’s Joy, Clint Maroon (GB), Magnificent McCool, Value Proposition (GB). Scratched: Swamp Rat.
Click for the Equibase.com chart, the TJCIS.com PPs or the free Equineline.com catalogue-style pedigree. VIDEO, sponsored by Fasig-Tipton.

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