Let’s Go Stable and Three Chimneys Farm’s sophomore Made You Look was dealt a wide trip throughout the Breeders’ Cup Juvenile Turf back in November, so trainer Todd Pletcher gave him a bit of a freshening. Returning in Saturday’s G3 Dania Beach Stakes, the son of More Than Ready sat a perfect trip under Javier Castellano, passing his rivals easily in the stretch to win by 2 1/2 lengths, recording a final time of 1:29.98 for 7 1/2 furlongs over Gulfstream’s firm turf.
“He was sitting a good turf trip,” Pletcher said. “It looked like [Castellano] was riding confidently . . . that he had horse and when he tipped him out and he hit the accelerator, he responded quickly.”
The previously-undefeated Squadron jumped very well from the starting gate to take the lead heading into the first turn, tracked by Kitten’s Cat along the inside. Hey Mike and Clyde’s Image traveled together just in front of Made You Look through the first half of the race. Setting fractions of :23.83 and :48.13, Squadron had a one-length lead over Hey Mike down the backstretch. Kitten’s Cat maintained his spot along the rail, though he did not appear to relax very well. Made You Look was two paths off the rail in fourth but only 2 1/2 lengths off the lead.
Turning for home, Squadron, Hey Mike and Clyde’s Image all lined up across the track to battle for the lead, but Castellano simply waited for the top of the stretch to tip Made You Look to the outside. Driving through the finish, Made You Look briefly hooked up with Clyde’s Image, but put that rival away in the final sixteenth to draw away late, winning by 2 1/2 on the line. Clyde’s Image held second over a hard-charging Shiraz, with Kitten’s Cat having to settle for fourth after struggling to find running room at the top of the lane.
“The way he did it, I was very impressed,” Castellano relayed. “He was covered up a little bit. There was a lot of speed in the race and I kept him inside on the rail. The way he did it was very professional and the way he exploded the last part of it was very impressive. I angled out a little bit because I saw those two horses in front start to back up a little bit, so I tried find some room to split horses. I tried to use my best judgment and put him outside to let him run and when I asked him, he took off.”
Bred in Kentucky by The Robert and Beverly Lewis Trust, Made You Look was a $ 360,000 yearling purchase at the Keeneland September Sale. He finished second in his first start to the talented filly Red Lodge, but broke his maiden handily in his next start. Made You Look won the G2 With Anticipation Stakes at Saratoga before his sixth-place effort in the Breeders’ Cup. The Dania Beach victory improves the colt’s record to three wins from five starts, with earnings of $ 250,000.
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