Rising Star Drefong Dazzles In Sophomore Bow

3rd at SA , Opt.-Clm, $58,000 (6f)Winner: Drefong, c, 3 by Gio Ponti

Drefong | Benoit Photo

3rd-SA, $61,825, Alw (NW1$X)/Opt. Clm ($40,000), 5-30, 3yo/up, 6f, 1:08.50, ft.
DREFONG (c, 3, Gio Ponti–Eltimaas, by Ghostzapper)
finished fifth with some trouble in his Oct. 24 debut on this oval, then dominated a maiden field at Del Mar by 9 1/2 lengths Nov. 14 to earn ‘TDN Rising Star’ status. Racing for the first time since that performance, the $450,000 KEESEP broke alertly as the 2-1 second choice and went out for the lead, but attracted company and was pressed hard on both sides through a sizzling quarter-mile in :21.43. Poking a short head in front heading into the turn, he gradually shook clear of his pace competition after a blazing half in :44.13. Showing no sign of weariness, Drefong kicked away from the field and never gave any of the closers a shot in the final furlong, finishing a very impressive 3 1/2-length victor. The winner’s dam is a half to Champion 2-year-old colt and 2003 GI Breeders’ Cup Juvenile hero Action This Day (Kris S.). Sales History: $200,000 Wlg ’13 KEENOV; $450,000 Ylg ’14 KEESEP. Lifetime Record: 3-2-0-0, $67,040. Click for the Equibase.com chart or VIDEO, sponsored by Fasig-Tipton.
O-Baoma Corporation; B-Frederick M. Allor, Michael T. Barnett, Anthony M. Warrender (KY); T-Bob Baffert.

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