Bat Flip (Good Magic) was sent off at odds of 23-5 to build upon a wire-to-wire maiden victory going two turns over the Aqueduct turf course Oct. 23, but showed a bit of a new dimension when forced to stalk the pace in Saturday's Central Park S. at the Big A. The $350,000 Fasig-Tipton Saratoga grad proved equal to the task in becoming a fifth stakes winner and first on the grass for his freshman sire (by Curlin).
Looking intent on making the running yet again from his low draw, Bat Flip tried to squeeze through a tight spot inside of the stretching-out Dr. Settle's Dream (Oscar Performance) into the first turn, but was forced to take back and chase from that one's outside when it became clear it was lead or bust for Dr. Settle's Dream. Content and nicely relaxed off the leader's flank beneath Jose Ortiz, Bat Flip poured in the pressure to take over at the head of the stretch and kept on well as a slightly troubled Dandy Handyman (Outwork) and favored General Jim (Into Mischief) rounded out the minors.
Fifth to future GISW Blazing Sevens (Good Magic) on debut sprinting over the Saratoga main track July 24, Bat Flip was well-beaten behind a 'TDN Rising Star' effort from Echo Again (Gun Runner) when next seen Aug. 20. Bat Flip was runner-up behind next-out GIII Futurity S. hero and GI Breeders' Cup Juvenile Turf Sprint third Nagirroc (Lea) in a local turf sprint maiden Sept. 24 before getting the job done last time.
The winner is one of two winners from his dam, a half-sister to GSW & MGISP turfer Money Multiplier (Lookin At Lucky) and GSW Intense Holiday (Harlan's Holiday). Krazy Kathy is also responsible for Bat Flip's yearling full-brother Bayou magic, a weanling full-sister and is due to Nyquist for 2023. Click for the Equibase.com chart or VIDEO, sponsored by TVG.
CENTRAL PARK S., $120,000, Aqueduct, 11-26, 2yo, 1mT, 1:34.30, fm.
1–BAT FLIP, 120, c, 2, by Good Magic
1st Dam: Krazy Kathy, by Harlan's Holiday
2nd Dam: Intensify, by Unbridled's Song
3rd Dam: Her She Shawklit, by Air Forbes Won
1ST BLACK-TYPE WIN. ($350,000 Ylg '21 FTSAUG). O-Harrell Ventures LLC & Starlight Racing; B-Fifth Avenue Bloodstock (KY); T-Todd A Pletcher; J-Jose L. Ortiz. $66,000. Lifetime Record: 5-2-1-0, $147,750.
2–Dandy Handyman, 120, g, 2, Outwork–American Lights, by Ten Centuries. O/B-Maram LLC (KY); T-Keri Brion. $24,000.
3–General Jim, 122, c, 2, Into Mischief–Inspired by Grace, by Curlin. 1ST BLACK-TYPE. ($850,000 Ylg '21 KEESEP). O-Courtlandt Farms LLC (Donald Adam); B-Fifth Avenue Bloodstock & Centerline Breeding (KY); T-Claude R McGaughey III. $14,400.
Margins: 1HF, HD, 1. Odds: 4.60, 5.80, 1.45.
Also Ran: Ramblin' Wreck, Liar's Poker, Calycanthus, Noble Huntsman, Let's Go Big Blue, Dr. Settle's Dream. Scratched: Sweetlou'sgotaces.