Padua Stables' Electrify won the $100,000 Unbridled Stakes for 3-year-olds by an eye-catching eight lengths over favored Saint Augustus at Calder Race Course on Saturday.
It was his second stakes victory in a row for the Florida-bred Delaware Township
colt, who won the Sophomore Stakes at Tampa earlier this month. Trained by Eddie Plesa Jr., Electrify was ridden by jockey Abel Castellano Jr.
Breaking from the outside post in the field of nine, Electrify was rated just off the pace by Castellano on the outside and was asked to catch the leaders near the three-eighths pole. Electrify assumed the lead with two furlongs to go and drew off to win impressively. Saint Augustus, the 3-2 choice, angled out for the stretch run to finish a distant second under Chris DeCarlo. It was another half-length back to the late-running Rehoboth and Aurelio Toribio Jr. in third.
Castellano said he knew he had plenty of horse from the start.
"We were in behind horses down the backside and, when I moved him out to the clear, he wanted to run," Castellano said. "At the quarter pole, I was just sitting on him and waiting for someone to run at us so I could let him go, but I never had to since he was winning so easily."
Fifth in the What a Pleasure at Calder Dec. 3, Plesa said he wasn't concerned about facing many of the same foes Saturday.
"He was just too aggressive and wouldn't settle at any time," Plesa said of the earlier effort. "He's come a long way since then, and it's been great to watch him mature. He'll settle back off the pace with no problem like he did today. We did still have some concern about distance, but he alleviated that today."
Plesa said he has no definite plans with Electrify, but he could show up next at Monmouth Park.
The chestnut Electrify covered the 1 1/16-mile distance in 1:47 and paid $8.80, $3.20, and $2.60 as the second choice in a field of nine. Saint Augustus returned $2.80 and $2.40, while Rehoboth paid $2.60 to show.
How's Your Halo set the slow early pace – :24 3/5 and :49 1/5 – before giving way to Winnies Tigger Too, who completed six furlongs in 1:14 2/5.
Big Lover finished fourth, followed by Winnies Tigger Too, He's a Lumberjack, Bushmills Best, How's Your Halo, and First Movement.