American Equistock's Multiplier (The Factor) came flying late to deny 9-5 favorite Hedge Fund (Super Saver) by a head in Saturday's GIII Illinois Derby at Hawthorne. It was another 4 3/4 lengths back to It's Your Nickel (Dialed In) in third.
Away well from his rail draw, the 4-1 shot raced in fifth while saving all the ground through early fractions of :23.47 and :47.24. The aforementioned GIII Sunland Derby third-place finisher, placed in a tracking second for most of the way, made his move on the far turn and kicked for home in command. But Multiplier had other ideas and came charging on the outside in deep stretch to collar and pass Hedge Fund in the final strides.
Multiplier, trained by Brendan Walsh, made three previous career starts all going two turns at Fair Grounds. A rallying third as the 5-2 favorite behind the reopposing Hollywood Handsome (Tapizar) when unveiled over a muddy Fair Grounds strip Jan. 21, Multiplier missed by just a neck when second to Souper Tapit (Tapit), who was named a 'TDN Rising Star,' Feb. 18. The Triple Crown nominee earned his diploma by 1 3/4 lengths last time Mar. 18.
Trippi Street, a nine-length debut winner at Hawthorne for Darrell and Evelyn Yates, added placings in the 2005 GIII Pocahontas S. and the following term's Safely Kept S. at Arlington. Multiplier is her most recent produce. Trippi Street, bred in Florida by Centaur Farms, went through the ring twice since the conclusion of her racing career. She first brought $220,000 from Lance Robinson at the 2006 FTK November Sale, then attracted a $100,000 bid from Mark Stansell at the 2010 KEENOV sale.
Saturday, Hawthorne Racecourse
ILLINOIS DERBY-GIII, $250,000, HAW, 4-22, 3yo, 1 1/8m, 1:47.98, ft.
1–#@MULTIPLIER, 123, c, 3, by The Factor
1st Dam: Trippi Street (GSP), by Trippi
2nd Dam: Ten Downing Street, by Alleged
3rd Dam: Halo Dotty, by Halo
($62,000 Wlg '14 KEENOV; $220,000 RNA Ylg '15 KEESEP;
$120,000 RNA 2yo '16 OBSAPR). O-American Equistock;
B-Mark Stansell (KY); T-Brendan P. Walsh; J-James Graham.
$150,000. Lifetime Record: 4-2-1-1, $187,310.*Fifth stakes winner and second graded winner for sophomore sire (by War Front). Click for the eNicks report & 5-cross pedigree. Werk
Nick Rating: A.
2–Hedge Fund, 123, c, 3, Super Saver–Rosy Humor, by
Distorted Humor. O-WinStar Farm LLC, China Horse Club
International Ltd. et al.; B-WinStar Farm, LLC (KY); T-Todd A.
Pletcher. $50,000.3–It's Your Nickel, 123, c, 3, Dialed In–Bold American, by Quiet
American. ($100,000 Ylg '15 FTKJUL). O-Harold Lerner, AWC
Stables, Nehoc Stables & Magdelena Stable; B-Stephen
Wigmore (KY); T-Kenneth G. McPeek. $27,500.Margins: HD, 4 3/4, 2 1/4. Odds: 4.40, 1.90, 7.00.
Also Ran: Stand and Cheer, Hollywood Handsome, St. Louie Guy, Mr. Misunderstood.
Click for the Equibase.com chart, the TJCIS.com PPs or the free Equineline.com catalogue-style pedigree. VIDEO, sponsored by Fasig-Tipton.