Wertheimer and Frere’s homebred All Included showed a big turn of foot in Saturday’s G3 Appleton Stakes at Gulfstream Park, bursting from last to first in the lane to earn his first graded stakes victory by a neck at the wire. The 6-year-old son of Include, ridden by Javier Castellano for trainer Todd Pletcher, covered a mile on the firm turf in 1:33.12.
“I thought the mile would actually suit him well,” said Pletcher. “Like it is in a compact field, you’re just hoping you get a good trip. Javier [Castellano] learned a little something about him last time. He had a pretty clear idea of how he wanted to ride him today and he pretty much followed the plan we talked about in the paddock. He gave him plenty of time to get his run together. It took him a little longer to do last time than he wanted. They have a race here at the end of the month [Miami Mile (G3) on 4/29]. He seems to really like Gulfstream, so we would consider staying here for that.”
All Included was last of the six-horse field nearly all the way around the course, reined back by Castellano after a good break to save all the ground against the inside rail. Up front, Siding Spring out-sprinted Diamond Bachelor for the early lead, rolling through early fractions of :23.41 and :46.29 to be a length in front at the half-way point. From there it was two lengths back to Delta Prince, the half-brother to champion Royal Delta, and My Point Exactly was just behind him.
Diamond Bachelor turned up the pressure on Siding Spring entering the far turn, and Delta Prince made his move to join the leaders three-wide turning for home. All Included was still last of the group at the top of the stretch, and Delta Prince briefly looked to be an easy winner as he pulled away by two lengths. Suddenly Castellano found the right button on All Included, and the horse came barrelling down the lane on the left lead to overtake Delta Prince in the final strides, winning by about a neck on the wire. Delta Prince finished second, with Our Way besting Siding Spring for third.
“My concern was I tried to wait as long as I can in the race,” said Castellano. “I have the type of horse that comes from behind. I took my time and rode with a lot of patience and confidence because I had the best horse in the race. I think [trainer] Todd [Pletcher] did a great job with the horse. A mile I think it’s a little bit short for him but was in good shape to run in the race and I’m very happy and satisfied the way he did it today.”
Bred in Kentucky, All Included is a son of the British-bred mare Eximius, by Atticus. The older horse has been rounding into form in his 6-year-old season, coming off a long layoff to run second in his first start, then making a huge run to be Grade 1-placed in the Gulfstream Park Turf Handicap last out. The Appleton is his first graded stakes win, and brings his career record to five wins from 17 starts, with earnings of just over $ 500,000.
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