Forza Di Oro (Speightstown) took full advantage of an ideal run through the race and sprinted home fastest of all to give his sire a second consecutive victory in the GIII Discovery S., following on the success of Phipps Stable's Performer 12 months ago.
Very alertly into stride for Junior Alvarado, the Don Alberto homebred fell into the perfect spot, as Monday Morning Qb (Imagining) set a strong pace from longshot Ralston (Tapiture) to his outside. Attachment Rate (Hard Spun) did it toughest three wide punching the breeze, while Shared Sense (Street Sense) was content to monitor things from last. Shuffled back a spot racing into the final three furlongs, though still traveling very much like a winner, Forza Di Oro went on the attack when Ralston drifted out a path in upper stretch and, despite racing on his incorrect lead into the final eighth of a mile, came away to a convincing victory. Monday Morning Qb was not disgraced in second, while Shared Sense was forced to cover a bit of ground on the turn and came home a one-paced third.
A maiden winner at second asking going Belmont's one-turn 8 1/2-furlong trip last Oct. 26, Forza Di Oro beat just one home as an 11-2 chance in the GII Remsen S. Dec. 7 and went missing. He belied odds of 10-1 to score by a neck in his Oct. 9 allowance comebacker in Elmont and though he had his fair share of backers Saturday, was the fourth choice in the field of five.
Don Alberto Corporation acquired Forza Di Oro's SW & GSP dam for $410,000 in foal to Tapit at Keeneland November in 2013, and the colt she was carrying at the time became Silver Dust, a three-time graded winner of over $885,000. Filare l'Oro is a half-sister to multiple Korean champion Cheongdam Dokki (To Honor and Server) as well as MGSW Gouldings Green (Charismatic), and the further female family includes MGISW Stop Traffic (Cure the Blues), the dam of GISW and 'TDN Rising Star' Cross Traffic (Unbridled's Song) and MSW Thirteen Arrows (Indian Charlie). Filare l'Oro is the dam of a 2-year-old colt by the late Empire Maker and most recently returned to Speightstown, who is now the sire of 119 worldwide black-type winners and 58 graded/group winners. Forza Di Oro is the 21st SW and 9th GSW produced by a daughter of Hard Spun.
DISCOVERY S.-GIII, $97,000, Aqueduct, 11-28, 3yo, 1 1/8m, 1:50.03, ft.
1–FORZA DI ORO, 118, c, 3, by Speightstown
1st Dam: Filare l'Oro (SW & GSP, $185,100), by Hard Spun
2nd Dam: Elusive Gold, by Strike the Gold
3rd Dam: Save My Soul, by I'ma Hell Raiser
1ST BLACK TYPE WIN, 1ST GRADED STAKES WIN. ($325,000
RNA Ylg '18 FTSAUG). O-Don Alberto Stable; B-Don Alberto
Corporation (KY); T-William I. Mott; J-Junior Alvarado. $55,000.
Lifetime Record: 5-3-1-0, $148,875. *1/2 to Silver Dust (Tapit),
MGSW, $885,677. Werk Nick Rating: C+. Click for the
eNicks report & 5-cross pedigree.
2–Monday Morning Qb, 120, c, 3, Imagining–How My Heart
Works, by Not For Love. ($25,000 Ylg '18 EASOCT). O-Cash is
King LLC & LC Racing LLC; B-Bowman & Higgins Stable & Cary
Frommer (MD); T-Robert E. Reid, Jr. $20,000.
3–Shared Sense, 124, c, 3, Street Sense–Collective, by
Bernardini. O/B-Godolphin (KY); T-Brad H. Cox. $12,000.
Margins: 3 3/4, 1HF, 1 3/4. Odds: 3.15, 1.85, 2.55.
Also Ran: Attachment Rate, Ralston.
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