Woodslane Farm homebred Sadler’s Joy, a 4-year-old colt by Kitten’s Joy, made the last run a winning one under Julien Leparoux, getting up in the final strides to beat Designed for War in the Grade 2 Pan American Stakes Saturday at Gulfstream Park. Patterson Cross finished a close third, with Taghleeb fourth and Reporting Star fifth in the field of eight.
Time of the race for 1 1/2 miles on firm turf was 2:26.89.
Reporting Star showed the way early, setting fractions of :24.15, :49.77, 1:15.54 and 1:40.42 for the opening mile. Sadler’s Joy raced near the back of the pack as he did in his previous start, the G3 William McKnight Handicap. That was the colt’s stakes debut after a maiden victory last summer at Saratoga and two allowance victories in the fall in New York.
The field bunched turning for home, with several horses in contention. Designed for War held them off stubbornly, but Sadler’s Joy made the last run on the far outside for the win.
Sadler’s Joy was produced from the Dynaformer mare, Dynaire.
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