Trust N Luck dominated Saturday's $100,000 What A Pleasure Stakes for 2-year-olds at Calder, leading from start to finish while covering the 1 1/16-mile distance in a stakes-record 1:44. The winning margin was 11 lengths.
The previous record time for the race at the distance was 1:45 1/5, held by eventual Kentucky Derby (gr. i) winner and 1990 Three-Year-Old Champion Unbridled.
Ralph Ziadie trains Trust N Luck for owner E. Paul Robsham. Cornelio Velasquez rode the Florida-bred chestnut son of Montbrook.
The role of favorite was given to Super Frolic, who won his first three races at Calder, but he could do no better than finish a distant third Saturday.
"He's just learning how to run," said Velasquez. "He changed his leads every time and is getting more professional. He'll be even better at Gulfstream.
"He broke good today and it was an easy pace for him," the jockey added. "At the half-mile I had a lot of horse. He was a different horse today. Last time there was a horse outside of him and he was a little scared. Today he was tons the best."
Trust N Luck has had an interesting 2-year-old campaign. After winning his first two races, he was second in his stakes debut, the Dr. Fager Division of the Florida Stallion Stakes. In his next start, the Affirmed Division of the FSS, he wheeled at the start and lost his jockey. Following that race, he hopped at the start of the Foolish Pleasure Stakes, but still managed to finish second to Super Frolic. He then scored his first stakes victory in Calder's richest race for 2-year-olds, the $400,000 In Reality Division of the FSS. Then, turning back to seven furlongs in the Jack Price Juvenile on Nov. 16, he was bounced around at the start and was soundly defeated. He was the post time favorite in all seven of those starts.
"I wasn't here for his last race (fourth in Jack Price Juvenile at seven furlongs) but I know he didn't break sharp, and then got bumped around. But his game is going longer around two turns, anyhow. When he finished second in the Foolish Pleasure to Super Frolic, he really needed a race," Ziadie said.
With his fourth career win in eight starts, he picked up a $60,000 check for his owner and increased his juvenile earnings to $382,800. Trust N Luck was a $200,000 Ocala Breeders' Sale March purchase.
"We were going to spend that much for three horses, but I recommended taking just this one," Ziadie said. "(Robsham) said, 'If you like him that much, go ahead and take him.' We'll point him for the Fountain of Youth and Florida Derby. I probably won't use a prep before then."
The colt paid $7.20 for the win; Patriotic Flame returned $7.60 for the place, while Super Frolic paid $2.60 for the show.