Juddmonte Farms’ homebred Flintshire had to overcome both being boxed in on the far turn and a very slow, uncontested early pace, but still managed to pull off the victory in Saturday’s Grade 2 Bowling Green Stakes at Saratoga, sweeping around the outside to win by about three-quarters of a length. The 6-year-old son of Dansili covered 1 3/8 miles over the firm turf in 2:18.24 under Javier Castellano for trainer Chad Brown.
As expected, Grand Tito got the early lead in the four-horse field, though he and jockey Jose Ortiz kept the pace far slower than what is normally seen at this level, galloping through fractions of :26.53, :53.14, and 1:19.44 on an uncontested 1 1/2-length lead. Can’thelpbelieving tracked along the outside in second, a half-length in front of the globe-trotting Flintshire on the rail in third. Veteran Twilight Eclipse followed the field in fourth until they approached the far turn for the final time, when he made his bid three-wide around Can’thelpbelieving, effectively boxing Flintshire along the rail.
Castellano never panicked, easing his mount back through the length of the turn to angle him out at the head of the lane. Given clear running, Flintshire began the serious running all on his own, sweeping up the outside of his rivals with giant strides. With a sixteenth left to run it was just Grand Tito left in front, and though he fought on gamely, Flintshire was just a bit too good, crossing the wire three-quarters of a length in front under mostly a hand ride. Grand Tito settled for second, with Twilight Eclipse holding third over Can’thelpbelieving.
Bred in Great Britain, Flintshire has won top-level races in Europe, Hong Kong, and the US over his star-studded career. Out of a daughter of Sadler’s Wells, Flintshire has compiled a record of 7-10-1 from 21 starts, with earnings of over $ 8.27 million.
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