Fandom Returns a Winner for Wesley Ward and Stonestreet in Palisades

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Unraced since fading from contention in last summer's G2 Coventry S. at Royal Ascot, FANDOM (GB) (c, 3, Showcasing {GB}–Brogan {GB}, by Pivotal {GB}) returned a winner at the same meet where he broke his maiden while under wraps last spring, taking the Palisades S. at Keeneland Sunday. Racing wide under Jose Ortiz, who was winning his third consecutive race on the card, the 7-1 shot closed with a strong late surge to get by a group of runners on the line that included MGSW No Nay Mets (Ire) (No Nay Never). The latter got outpunched late after sizzling fractions of :21.59, :44.53, and :56.55.

“Last summer at Saratoga he had a lung infection, so we sent him back to [owner] Barbara [Banke's] farm to Ian [Brennan] and they got him healed up,” said winning trainer Wesley Ward of the 170,000gns Tattersalls yearling purchase. “They trained him all winter long and did a fantastic job. The first day he got here I knew all I had to do was put him on cruise control.”

Fandom's dam, a half to 2023 G1 Juddmonte Cheveley Park S. winner Lezoo (GB) (Zoustar {Aus}), has produced fillies the last two years in the UK: a now-2-year-old by Masar (Ire) and a yearling by Zoustar (Aus).

 

 

PALISADES S., $207,688, Keeneland, 4-7, 3yo, 5 1/2fT, 1:02.83, gd.
1–FANDOM (GB), 118, c, 3, by Showcasing (GB)
               1st Dam: Brogan (GB), by Pivotal (GB)
               2nd Dam: Roger Sez (Ire), by Red Clubs (Ire)
               3rd Dam: Stately Princess (GB), by Robellino
(170,000gns Ylg '22 TATOCT). 1ST BLACK TYPE WIN.
O-Stonestreet Stables LLC; B-Chasemore Farm (GB);
T-Wesley A. Ward; J-Jose L. Ortiz. $113,150. Lifetime
Record: 3-2-0-0, $145,375.
2–Mansa Musa (Ire), 118, c, 3, Ten Sovereigns (Ire)–Sundiata
(GB), by Showcasing (GB). (60,000gns Wlg '21 TADEWE;
55,000gns Ylg '22 TATOCT; €49,383 RNA 2yo '23 GOFFDU).
O-Team Valor International LLC and Gary Barber;
B-Middlelane Farm (IRE); T-William I. Mott. $36,500.
3–Refuel, 118, c, 3, Hard Spun–Quick Flip, by Speightstown.
($550,000 Ylg '22 KEESEP). 1ST BLACK TYPE. O-Repole
Stable and St. Elias Stables LLC; B-Spendthrift Farm LLC (KY);
T-Todd A. Pletcher. $22,813.
Margins: NK, 3/4, NK. Odds: 7.75, 15.86, 5.70.
Also Ran: No Nay Mets (Ire), Mattingly, Silent Heart, Shards, My Boy Prince, Aspenite, Coin Miner, Ceepeegee, Committee of One. Scratched: Sketch (Ire), Works for Me.
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