7th-Saratoga, $100,000, Msw, 9-6, 2yo, 6f, 1:10.53, my, 2 lengths.
DON'T WAIT UP (c, 2, Upstart–Lovely Marissa, by Proud Citizen) was sent off the even-money choice to build on a nose second to GI Hopeful S. starter Power Agenda (Nyquist) on debut Aug. 14. Scratched down into gate three, the bay colt, the subject of Steve Sherack's Second Chances column Sept. 3, veered sharply inward when the gates flew, causing Matt Doyle (Violence) and the well-backed Commandperformance (Union Rags) to take evasive action. From there Don't Wait Up was ridden aggressively to argue the pace from the inside of the rain-affected strip, turned for home with a clear advantage and proved two lengths superior in the finish. Commandperformance was taken to the outside in the stretch and finished with good energy to round out a chalky exacta. A claim of foul against the winner by the connections of the runner-up for interference at the break was disallowed and the result was allowed to stand as it. A $1,500 Keeneland November weanling, Don't Wait Up was a $23,000 purchase as a short yearling at OBS's Winter Mixed Sale in early 2020 and matured into a $200,000 OBS April juvenile after working an eighth of a mile in the bullet time of :9 4/5. He has a yearling half-brother by American Freedom and a foal half-brother by Warrior's Reward. His dam, who sold for $2,500 while in foal to American Freedom at the 2020 Fasig-Tipton February sale, was bred back to Tapiture. Click for the Equibase.com chart or VIDEO, sponsored by TVG. Lifetime Record: 2-1-1-0, $75,000.
O-Cypress Creek Equine; B-Brereton C. Jones (KY); T-Anthony W. Dutrow.