Apart Stands Alone in Ack Ack Triumph

Super Derby winner edges defending race winner Demarcation in long stretch duel.

Favored Apart got the graded stakes racing at the 2010 Breeders' Cup off to a formfull start when he wore down Demarcation in the stretch to win the $108,600 Ack Ack Handicap (gr. III) (VIDEO) Nov. 5 at Churchill Downs.

The stakes preceded the beginning of this year's Breeders' Cup, which has six stakes scheduled for the first-day of the festival.

Last early, Apart, ridden for the first time by Garrett Gomez, launched his bid four wide on the final turn of the 1 1/16-mile event. He engaged the leading trio of Colizeo, Demarcation and a tiring Jackson Bend approaching mid-stretch and got the lead in the final furlong. Apart edged away from Demarcation, the defending Ack Ack champion, for a three-quarters of a length win in a time of 1:43.79 on a fast main track.

Trained by Al Stall Jr., Adele Dilschneider's 3-year-old Kentucky homebred colt by Flatter --Detach, by Unbridled, was coming off a sharp 1 1/-2 length victory in the Super Derby (gr. II) at Louisiana Downs Sept. 25. Apart has now won three races in a row, all in stakes.

“In Louisiana, he ran off on us a couple of times," Stall noted. "Garrett was waiting around a little because sometimes this horse grabs the bit.  Garrett wanted to put him to sleep, and obviously he did a very good job. He was a big gangly colt, starting to fill in and he’ll be a nice 4-year-old for us.”

Demarcation, with Calvin Borel, finished two lengths in front of Colizeo. Jackson Bend and Silver Edition trailed in the five-horse field.

Sharing top weight of 117 pounds with Demarcation, Apart improved his career mark to 4-1-0 in seven starts with earnings of $469,878.

Gomez was returning from a spill the preceding day.

“I'm fine," he said. "Just watch me ride. I'm a little achy, that's to be expected, I had a 1,200-pound animal fall on top of me yesterday.”

Apart paid $4.80, $3, and $2.10 and topped a $15.60 exacta with Demarcation ($3.40, $2.20), who won last year's Ack Ack by 1 1/2 lengths for trainer Paul McGee. Colizeo was $2.20 to show.

Stream Cat scratched.