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Triple Bend H. (gr. I)
TRIPLE BEND H. (gr. I), Betfair Hollywood Park, June 29, 2013, $250,000 Guaranteed, value of race $250,750, 3 yo's & up, 7 furlongs, 1:21.57 All Weather Track FT.
(Chestnut Gelding ,
Smarty Jones Shootforthestars , by Seattle Slew
BPatricia L. Chapman , KY ; OAmerman Racing Stables LLC, Bongo Racing Stable and Finder, Gary et al ; TRonald W. Ellis
Comma to the Top
(Bay Gelding ,
Bwana Charlie Maggies Storm , by Stormy Atlantic
BRichard Thompson & Linda Thompson , FL ; OBarber, Gary, Birnbaum, Roger and Tsujihara, Kevin ; TPeter Miller
(Dark Bay or Brown Horse ,
Tiznow Indian Snow , by A.P. Indy
BDell Ridge Farm, LLC , KY ; OFarish, W.S., Dixiana Stables, Thoroughbred Legends Racing Stable ; TJohn A. Shirreffs
Triple Bend H. Recap
The third grade I effort was certainly a charm for Centralinteligence June 29 as he captured the Triple Bend Handicap (gr. I) at Betfair Hollywood Park. One of the Breeders’ Cup Challenge races, this win awards the victor with a paid entry in the Breeders’ Cup Dirt Mile (gr. I) Nov. 2 at Santa Anita Park.
Though he twice placed second in back-to-back editions of the Los Angeles Handicap (gr. III) at Hollywood, the 5-year-old gelding had not hit the board in his two previous grade I attempts: the 2011 Malibu Stakes and last year’s Triple Bend. This year Centralinteligence stalked the pace for most of the seven-furlong test before making a move in the stretch and finishing with a 31/2-length margin of victory.
Bred in Kentucky by Patricia Chapman, the Ron Ellis trainee is a son of Smarty Jones, out of Shootforthestars, by Seattle Slew. Shootforthestars was acquired by Chapman at the 2006 Keeneland November sale for $450,000, in foal to Smarty Jones’ sire, Elusive Quality. Centralinteligence is the first graded stakes winner for his dam, and the second of six foals she has produced by Smarty Jones, to whom she was also bred this year.
Owners Amerman Racing Stables, Bongo Racing Stable, Gary Finder, and Elias Sabo established a partnership with Bob Feld and Ellis, to buy a couple of yearlings. They selected the chestnut colt based on his conformation and acquired him for $90,000 through agent Spring Classics at the 2009 Keeneland September yearling sale where he was consigned by Three Chimneys Sales as agent.
“He is a very well-balanced, well-made horse,” described Feld. “We like to buy athletes, and are not tied to particular pedigrees or bloodlines.”
With the grade I win under their belts, Ellis stated they will point Centralinteligence toward the Santa Anita Sprint Championship (gr. I) (formerly the Ancient Title during Oak Tree’s tenure) and then aim toward the Breeders’ Cup Sprint (gr. I) rather than the Dirt Mile.
“He’s a proven sprinter,” explained Ellis. “We may try to stretch him out (eventually),” he continued, “but for now we’ll stick with what he likes.”
Centralinteligence is the first North American grade I winner for his sire, Smarty Jones, who counts six 2013 stakes winners. He stands at Northview PA, near Peach Bottom, Pa., where his 2013 fee was $7,500.—M.P.