Martin Racing Stables’ Fish Trappe Road was perfectly ridden by Luis Saez to bring home his first graded stakes victory in Saturday’s G3 Dwyer, defeating a field of seven other sophomore colts by about 1 1/4 lengths. The son of Trappe Shot covered the one-turn mile over Belmont Park’s fast main track in 1:34.84 for trainer Bret Calhoun.
Laoban was extremely restless in the starting gates, but took out for the lead once they opened alongside longshot The Great Whiteway. Those two dueled through an opening quarter in :23.35 before Laoban took back a half-length off the lead, with Fish Trappe Road guided to the inside rail in third behind them. As The Great Whiteway led through a half-mile in :46.47, race favorite Economic Model moved up alongside Fish Trappe Road in third position, with Breeders’ Cup Juvenile runner-up Swipe not far behind in sixth.
Approaching the top of the stretch, The Great Whiteway dropped back and Laoban inherited the lead, but Fish Trappe Road made his bid up the outside. Economic Model found a space along the rail, but Saez and Fish Trappe Road already had a one-length advantage on the favorite. Fish Trappe Road kept on under strong urging down the lane, and despite drifting out a bit late he crossed the wire about 1 1/4 lengths in front of Economic Model in second. Tale of S’avall finished third, and Voluntario closed from very far back to be fourth.
Bred in New York by Rhapsody Faarm and Jon Davis, Fish Trappe Road commanded $ 95,000 at the Ocala Breeders’ March Sale of 2-year-olds in training. With a career record of three wins from nine starts, the colt now boasts earnings of over $ 540,000.
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