Sophomore Trio Battles Demarcation in Ack Ack
by Blood-Horse Staff
Date Posted: 11/3/2010 3:25:14 PM
Last Updated: 11/5/2010 1:18:33 PM
Super Derby winner Apart brings a two-race winning streak into the Ack Ack.
Apart, winner of the Super Derby (gr. II) in his most recent start, heads a field of six for the $100,000 Ack Ack Handicap (gr. III) to be run Nov. 5 as a warm-up for day one of the Breeders’ Cup World Championship at Churchill Downs.
The Ack Ack, at 1 1/16 miles on the main track, will go as the fourth event on a 10-race card that includes six Breeders’ Cup races. The Ack Ack is scheduled for 3:30 p.m. EDT.
Trained by Al Stall Jr., Adele Dilschneider’s homebred 3-year-old Apart broke his maiden at Churchill Downs in his second start May 16 but failed in a pair of subsequent allowance races as the favorite at the Louisville track. A late summer break was followed by a victory in the Prelude at Louisiana Downs, the track’s main prep for the Super Derby, which he won impressively by 1 1/2 lengths. The Kentucky-bred Flatter colt brings a two-race winning streak into the Ack Ack.
Apart, who will break from post 1, will carry 117 pounds and be ridden for the first time by Garrett Gomez.
The 2-1 morning line favorite shares the top weight in the race with Amerman Racing Stable’s defending Ack Ack winner Demarcation, who is the 5-2 second choice.
Trained by Paul McGee, Demarcation was fifth in Churchill Downs’ Stephen Foster Handicap (gr. I) in his most recent start over the track. The 6-year-old Gulch gelding is coming off a distant second-place finish to Jardim in the Michael G. Schaefer Mile over a sloppy track at Hoosier Park Oct. 2. Calvin Borel has the mount on Demarcation, who will break from post 4.
Another major player in the Ack Ack is Jackson Bend , third-place finisher in the Preakness Stakes (gr. I) when he finished less than a length behind the victorious Lookin At Lucky .
Robert LaPenta and Fred Brei’s 3-year-old son of Hear No Evil was runner-up in the Wood Memorial (gr. I) and 12th behind Super Saver in the Kentucky Derby Presented by Yum! Brands (gr. I). In his last two starts, the Nick Zito trainee was a beaten favorite in the Pegasus (gr. III) when fifth at Monmouth Park, and the Star of Cozzene at Belmont Park, where he finished sixth. He is pegged at 3-1 in the Ack Ack and will be ridden by Javier Castellano.
Also at 3-1 on the morning line is Colizeo, who won the 1 1/16-mile Star of Cozzene by three lengths for trainer Todd Pletcher Oct. 2. Alain and Gerard Wertheimer's 3-year-old Distorted Humor colt scored his first stakes victory in the Northern Dancer (gr. III) at Churchill in June.
$100,000 Ack Ack Handicap (gr. III, Race 4, 3:30 p.m.), 3 & Up, 1 1/16 Miles
PP. Horse, Jockey, Weight, Trainer, ML Odds
1. Apart (KY), G K Gomez, 117, A M Stall, Jr., 2/1
2. Stream Cat (KY), J Graham, 113, L Bealmear, 15/1
3. Silver Edition (KY), M E Smith, 114, D W Lukas, 15/1
4. Demarcation (KY), C H Borel, 117, P J McGee, 5/2
5. Colizeo (KY), R A Dominguez, 115, T A Pletcher, 3/1
6. Jackson Bend (FL), J Castellano, 115, N P Zito, 3/1
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