Shade Tree Thoroughbreds’ Three Rules extended his undefeated record without extending himself in Saturday’s $ 300,000 Affirmed Division of the Florida Sire Stakes (FSS) at Gulfstream.
The Jose Pinchin-trained 2-year-old colt followed up his seven-length triumph in the $ 200,000 FSS Dr. Fager Aug. 6 with an overpowering 5 ½-length victory in Saturday’s seven-furlong stakes in the tradition-rich series for horses sired by accredited stallions standing in Florida.
“What more can a tell you? He was in total control of the race from the break. Anytime he wanted he could have gone (to the lead),” said Pinchin, whose trainee has won all four of his career races by a total of 21 lengths.
Three Rules broke alertly to press a solid pace set by Herecomesthedude along the backstretch before moving clear on the far turn under jockey Cornelio Velasquez. The son of Gone Astray surged to a clear lead without encouragement from his jockey into mid-stretch before receiving a couple of taps to keep his mind on business.
“I wanted the six horse (Herecomesthedude) to go and keep him three or four lengths off. I didn’t want to move, but my horse wanted to go to the lead and he did it easy,” Velasquez said. “I did hit him (in the stretch) so he doesn’t get too confident, because maybe next time he will be running against better horses. He needs to stay ready for that. I wanted to keep his mind on business.”
Sent to post as the 1-5 favorite Three Rules, who pressed a 44.87-second pace for the first half mile, ran seven furlongs in 1:23.89. Pinchin-trained Front Loaded closed for second money, a length ahead of third-place finisher Legacy Azteca.
The Affirmed was the last of six stakes on a 13-race program that offered four FSS stakes for horses sired by accredited stallions standing in Florida, including the $ 300,000 Susan’s Girl Division for 2-year-old fillies.
Shade Tree Thoroughbreds’ Bert Pilcher had resisted lucrative offers to sell his homebred colt but celebrated Saturday knowing that even more lucrative offers will be heading his way.
“You know, I can’t make up my mind. I want to (keep him), but there again, he’s such a valuable animal and how can a guy as broke as I am keep a horse worth this kind of money?,” Pilcher said. “But that’s what I’m planning to do unless something crazy happens.”
Three Rules was bet down to even-money favoritism for his June 10 career debut, living up to the hype with a 3 ½-length victory, running five furlongs in 58.54 seconds under a hand ride. Finishing a never-threatening but strong-closing second behind Three Rules was Gunnevera, who would go on to capture the Saratoga Special (G2) Aug. 14.
Three Rules delivered an even more dominating triumph while returning in the $ 75,000 Birdonthewire Stakes on the Summit of Speed program July 2, notching a five-length off-the-pace score at 4 ½ furlongs.
Three Rules followed up his successful stakes debut to capture the $ 200,000 FSS Dr. Fager Division Aug. 6 at 3-5 odds, rolling to a seven-length victory without the need for very much encouragement from Velasquez.
“From the first time I breezed him, I told everybody, ‘This is the best horse, I’ve ever trained,’” Pinchin said.
Pinchin’s undefeated trainee is scheduled to make his first start around two turns in the 1 1/16-mile final leg of the FSS, the $ 500,000 In Reality Oct. 1.
“Two turns will be no problem for him,” Pinchin said.
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