Making his second lifetime start, Heiligbrodt Racing Stable's Datrick disposed of stablemate Sentry in mid-stretch and edged away to win the $184,250 Kentucky Breeders' Cup (gr. III) for 2-year-olds Thursday at Churchill Downs.
A record attendance for the Thursday of Derby week of 25,386 was on hand.
Shaun Bridgmohan rode the Texas homebred to victory for trainer Steve Asmussen, who started four in the race. Datrick a son of Favorite Trick
-Daum (French Deputy) completed the five-furlong distance in :58 1/5, defeated the late-running Pro Pink by 1 1/4 lengths. It was 1 3/4 lengths back to Sentry, who weakened in the stretch.
Sentry, ridden by Robby Albarado, bobbled coming away from the gate but soon recovered to get the lead, going on to carve fractions of :22 1/5 and :45 3/5. Datrick pressed the leader early while three or four wide down the backstretch and around the turn before getting the lead. He was hard-ridden by Bridgmohan through the lane to hold Pro Pink at bay. Ridden by John McKee, Pro Pink, who rallied while six wide on the turn, was making up ground at the end but never seriously threatened the winner.
The Asmussen-trained Sequoia King, the 2-1 favorite in the field of 12 ridden by Garrett Gomez, attempted to wheel at the start and fell far behind the field. He passed some tiring horses late to finish sixth.
"He gave me no clue he was going to do that," Gomez said of the surprise left-hand turn. "He was standing in there so calm and acting like everything was OK. He was so quiet for so long that I gave him a little nudge to make sure he was ready just before they popped it.
"He got ready and broke sharp, but then he threw that left and headed toward the fence. He did it so agilely; it was like he had it planned in his mind. But I was able to hang on – thank goodness."
Datrick, the 5-2 second choice, won his 4 1/2-furlong maiden debut race April 12 at Keeneland by 7 1/2 lengths.
"The other day when he won at Keeneland, he was on the lead all the way," Bridgmohan said. "Today, there was a horse in front of him. But he handled it really well, he was very professional about it. He waited for my cue just like he should have and when I asked him to go, he went on about his business just like you'd want him to. He's a hard-trying young horse."
He earned $109,852 for the victory while returning $7.40, $4.40 and $3.60. Pro Pink paid $15 and $7.40, while Sentry was $4.60 to show.
Nereus finished fourth, followed by Beautiful Venue, Sequoia King, Erin's Kristina, Fortunate Envoy, Hot Flame, Teuflesberg, Ringside Partner and Mistycal Light.
Earlier on the card Thursday, Unbridled Sidney, ridden by Robby Albarado, nosed Very Vegas for victory in the $113,600 Mamzelle for fillies and mares going five furlongs on the turf.
It was a neck back to Mocha Queen, with Tara's Touch finishing a head farther behind in fourth. The final time was :56 4/5.
Ronny Werner saddled the winner for owner Douglas Davenport, who picked up the winning purse of $66,206. The 5-year-old Kentucky-bred mare Unbridled Sidney is by Unbridled's Song
out of Baltic Sea by Danzig.
Unbridled Sidney increased her lifetime earnings to $243,279. The win was her fifth in 13 lifetime starts, improving her record to 3-1-0 in four starts over Churchill Downs' Matt Winn Turf Course. She set the five-furlong course record of :55.54 in her win under the Twin Spires on July 9, 2005.
She paid $9.80, $5.20 and $4.20. Very Vegas returned $10 and $7.60. Mocha Queen was $6.60 to show.
Nicole's Dream, the 9-5 favorite among 11 starters, finished eighth.