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2nd at 3WOODY STEPHENS S.
(gr. II , 7f , to D' Funnybone, defeating Remand, Thank U Philippe, Eightyfiveinafifty ).
Sometimes a race sets up so well for a horse that its connections just have to laugh. When his two main foes hooked up in a suicidal speed duel early in the running of the Woody Stephens Stakes (gr. II) on the Belmont Stakes (gr. I) undercard June 5, DÕ Funnybone, jockey Edgar Prado, and trainer Rick Dutrow Jr. were tickled to death.
With Eightyfiveinafifty gunned from his rail post and Kentucky Derby Presented by Yum! Brands (gr. I) runner Discreetly Mine choosing to join him early through fractions of :22.28 and :44.82 in the seven-furlong contest, Prado kept DÕ Funnybone a handful of lengths off the battle, just waiting for the right moment to pull the trigger. That time came while turning for home, and when the horses straightened into the stretch, DÕ Funnybone had already wrested the advantage from the tiring two. He fled the scene down the lane, winning by an easy 31Ú4 lengths in 1:22.64.
ÒI just bided my time,Ó said Hall of Famer Prado. ÒI had expected to be a little closer, but I liked where I was sitting and it worked out perfectly.Ó
DÕ Funnybone was winning his fifth grade II stakes in the Stephens, and his third this season after victories in the Hutcheson and Swale stakes at Gulfstream Park. In addition, he is a perfect four-for-four at the seven-furlong distance. As such, the KingÕs Bishop (gr. I) Aug. 28 at Saratoga is a likely landing spot for the colt to step up to grade I company. He has won six of nine lifetime starts.
ÒThis one set up perfect for him,Ó noted Dutrow. ÒSitting off and coming is his style, and I couldnÕt have asked for any better set-up.Ó
DÕ Funnybone is owned by Paul Pompa Jr., who purchased him privately prior to last yearÕs Saratoga Special (gr. II), which the colt won by 101Ú2 lengths. Harold J. Plumley, owner of Plumley Farms near Ocala, Fla., bred DÕ Funnybone and consigned him in the name of his Kaizen Sales, agent, to the 2008 Ocala BreedersÕ Sales Co.Õs August yearling sale before withdrawing him and subsequently racing him twice along with trainer Joseph CalascibettaÕs Calascibetta Racing Stable.
DÕ Funnybone is out of the winning Woodman mare Elbow, whose daughter Dr. Kathy, by Polish Numbers, won the Salem County Stakes and was third behind Ashado in the 2003 Demoiselle Stakes (gr. II). Chain Bracelet, the third dam of DÕ Funnybone, took the Top Flight Handicap (gr. I), Shuvee Handicap (gr. II), and Bed oÕ Roses Handicap (gr. III).
Elbow has a Pomeroy yearling colt being pointed to OcalaÕs select August sale and a colt by Wildcat Heir at her side. Elbow too has been purchased by Pompa, and is being bred back to Big Brown, who won the Kentucky Derby and Preakness (gr. I) while co-owned by Pompa.
DÕwildcat is the sire of DÕ Funnybone and four other stakes winners, including 2010 added-money winner Telis (in Mexico). DÕwildcat stands for $6,500 at Tom SimonÕs Vinery near Summerfield, Fla.ÑL.S.
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