Go Deputy in Bowling Green Garden Spot

(from Belmont Park report)
Go Deputy looks poised to win the first grade II prize of his career in Saturday's $150,000 Bowling Green Handicap.

Six older horses entered in the body of the Bowling Green, which shapes up as a paceless affair at 1 3/8 miles over the turf.

Trained by Todd Pletcher, Go Deputy has not raced since finishing a narrow second in the April 28 Elkhorn (gr. IIIT) at Keeneland, his fourth straight loss in stakes company. Over the winter, he finished second in the Mac Diarmida (gr. IIT), second in the Gulfstream Park Breeders' Cup Turf (gr. IT) and third in the Pan American (gr. IIIT).

"He's ran pretty hard this spring," said Pletcher, who has never won the Bowling Green. "Looking at the options, we thought the time was right to give him a little freshening for the summer and fall. He's had a good, steady series of works and he's trained well. It was by design that he had a break for a little while."

Go Deputy, a four-time winner from 14 starts, should prove best in the Bowling Green if he can duplicate his neck loss in the Feb. 25 Gulfstream Park Turf. After stalking the pace in third, Go Deputy charged home, falling a neck short of catching Einstein.

"He was unlucky when he got beat in that grade I," Pletcher said. "Einstein had got loose on the lead through moderate fractions and we had to make an early move down the backside. He ran a big race that day."

By Deputy Minister, Go Deputy is a half-brother to Dare and Go, the horse that halted Cigar's North American record-tying 16-race win streak in the 1996 Pacific Classic (gr. I). Jockey Fernando Jara, the Belmont Stakes (gr. I) hero, has picked up the mount on Go Deputy for the Bowling Green. Pletcher's number one jockey, John Velazquez, is spending the weekend at Delaware Park. Pletcher says he'd liked to see Go Deputy close to the lead with a target to track.

Request for Parole pulled off a shocking upset in the United Nations (gr. IT) two years ago, but has won just once in 15 starts since then. That lone victory came nearly four months ago in an allowance race at Gulfstream Park.

Crown Point went winless in 12 starts last year and has not run since New Year's Eve. Trained by David Donk, Crown Point won the Pilgrim over the Belmont Park turf as a juvenile in 2004. Last year, he chased the likes of English Channel, Jambalaya and Silver Whistle.

Rochester, now 10, makes the 48th start of his career in the Bowling Green. A millionaire and multiple graded stakes winner, Rochester has just one victory from his last eight starts and was beaten a little less than six lengths by Go Deputy when they last met in the Elkhorn.

$150,000 Bowling Green Handicap (gr. IIT, Race 8, 4:45 p.m.), 3 & Up, 1 3/8 Miles (Turf)
PP. Horse, Weight, Jockey
1. Crown Point (KY), 112, Pablo Morales
2. Go Deputy (KY), 117, Fernando Jara
3. Leadwithyourchin (KY), 112, Channing Hill
4. Request for Parole (KY), 114, Pablo Fragoso
5. Rochester (PA), 115, Chantal Sutherland
6. Gigli (BRZ), 112, Eibar Coa
Main track only
7. Take the Bluff (KY), 115 (No Rider)