Pool Land (1) jumps out of the gate and runs away with Doubledogdare.

Pool Land (1) jumps out of the gate and runs away with Doubledogdare.

Anne M. Eberhardt

Pool Land Tallies by 12 in Doubledogdare

(from Keeneland report)
Pool Land established an early lead from her inside post and then dusted her four rivals in the stretch for a 12-length victory in the $107,300 in Doubledogdare Wednesday at Keeneland.

It was the fourth win in five starts for the 4-year-old daughter of Silver Deputy. She ran the 1 1/16 miles on a good track in 1:44.08 and increased her career earnings to $156,976 with the winner's purse of $66,526.

Pool Land carried John Velazquez to his second win of the day. The runner-up, Private Gift, finished 6 ΒΌ lengths ahead of third-place Miss Matched.

In the Gold, the 9-10 choice, and Classy Charm completed the field of five 4-year-old fillies. Lady Pegasus was scratched.

Pool Land, the second betting choice, paid $6, $3.40, and $2.40.

"It seemed like she was looking at everything, the shadows from the poles," said Velazquez. "Once I got her going, I made sure I kept her mind going on what she's supposed to do and she ran very well."

Private Gift, ridden by Robby Albarado, returned $4.40 and $2.60 and Miss Matched, with Shaun Bridgmohan aboard, paid $2.80.

Pool Land, who is owned by Eugene Melnyk, easily won each of her first three starts before finishing sixth after a poor start in the Shirley Jones Breeders' Cup Handicap (gr. II) in March at Gulfstream Park.

"Last time out going seven-eighths, she didn't get away real well," said trainer Todd Pletcher. "She actually finished well, we just couldn't get any position early on. I think this is more her game, though, a mile and a sixteenth to a mile and an eighth."

Wednesday's attendance totaled 10,566.

(Chart, Equibase)