Blueprint Up in Time for Sunset Handicap Win
Fog City Stable's 6-5 favorite Blueprint outdueled Kudos in the stretch to win the $200,000 Sunset Handicap (gr. IIT) Sunday at Hollywood Park. Kudos, the second wagering choice, survived a photo for second over third favorite Northern Quest as the five-horse field finished in the exact order of favoritism. 7-1 Loving finished fourth, with 29-1 longshot The Editor trailing the field home after setting the early pace.Blueprint tracked The Editor and Kudos in the early going as those two rivals alternated leadership through fractions of :24.68, :48.53, and 1:13.54. Blueprint moved into contention under Gary Stevens as The Editor began to tire. Kudos held a short lead over Blueprint as those two raced into the stretch with Northern Quest making a bid on the outside. Kudos fought gamely in the stretch but failed to resist the late surge of Blueprint, who inched away to the half-length victory. The winner completed the 1 1/2 miles in 2:26.16 on a firm turf course.Bred in Ireland by the Queen, Blueprint (Generous--Highbrow, by Shirley Heights)
by Blood-Horse Staff
Date Posted: 7/15/2001 10:03:16 PM
Last Updated: 7/17/2001 3:02:55 PM
is currently trained by Robert Hess Jr. The win marks Blueprint's second graded stakes win on the year and follows his lone defeat as a 6-year-old, a third-place finish behind Bienamdo and Persianlux in the 1 3/4-mile San Juan Capistrano Invitational Handicap (gr. IT). As a 5-year-old, he won the Sagitta Jockey Club Stakes (Eng-II).Blueprint returned $4.40, $2.60, and $2.20. Kudos paid $3.20 and $2.40. Northern Quest was worth $2.60 to show. The $1 exacta paid $5.50. (Chart, Equibase)
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