The Todd Pletcher-trained pair of Trippi and More Than Ready, both 3-year-olds, finished first and second, respectively, in the $300,000 Vosburgh Stakes (gr. I) Saturday at Belmont Park. Trippi held off the late charge of his barnmate to win by a 1/2 length, completing the seven furlongs in 1:21.66 over a fast track. The Pletcher-trained exacta paid $22.60.
Under Jerry Bailey, Trippi struck to the early lead along the rail under only slight pressure from Iron Punch and Successful Appeal, with More Than Ready dawdling in the next-to-last after a quarter run in 22.20. Trippi continued on the lead and opened up in the stretch as More Than Ready ate up ground in the middle of the track. One Way Love finished third, followed by Delaware Township, Successful Appeal, Valiant Halory, Iron Punch, Makeyourselfathome, Stalwart Member, and Istintaj.
"I figured I would have some pace pressure up front and was a bit surprised that nobody really ran with us," said Bailey. "I guess people thought he wasn't the same horse that he was in the spring after his race in the Amsterdam (Stakes, gr. III, in which he finished third)."
Dogwood Stable's Trippi earned $180,000 for the win, his seventh in nine career starts and first in a grade I. The 3-year-old son of End Sweep--Jealous Appeal defeated his elders for the second time in two attempts. In his first race against older horses in July, he won the Tom Fool Handicap (gr. II) by 4 1/2 lengths. His other stakes wins came in the Riva Ridge Stakes (gr. II), the Flamingo Stakes (gr. III), and the Swale Stakes (gr. III). Trippi's only two career defeats came in the Kentucky Derby (gr. I) and the Amsterdam. Trippi was bred in Florida by Harry T. Mangurian Jr.
Trippi returned $9.20, $4.50, and $3.60 for the win. Betting favorite More Than Ready paid $3.20 and $2.50. 11-1 One Way Love returned $5.30. (Chart, Equibase