Favored He's a Knockout Spoils Invisible Ink's Return

Kentucky Derby (gr. I) runner-up Invisible Ink finished second in his 4-year-old debut Wednesday at Gulfstream Park. Invisible Ink finished 4 3/4 lengths behind 9-5 favorite He's a Knockout in the seven-furlong optional claiming/allowance race.

Edgar Prado booted home the winner, completing the distance in 1:21.77 on a fast track. Invisible Ink rallied to catch pacesetter There's Zealous as He's a Knockout drew off in the stretch after pressing the early pace.

He's a Knockout was also making his seasonal debut after capping his 3-year-old season with a 1 3/4-length victory over Giant Gentleman in the Sonny Hine Stakes at Laurel Park in November. Prior to that, the Maryland-bred Graham Motion trainee finished fifth in the Maryland Million Sprint Handicap. The son of Two Punch earned $24,000 for his fifth win in ten career starts.

Peachtree Stable's Invisible Ink was making his first start since finishing fifth in the Belmont Stakes (gr. I). The bay son of Thunder Gulch has now finished no worse than third in four starts at Gulfstream, including the Florida Derby. Trainer Todd Pletcher gave jockey John Velazquez a leg up prior to Wednesday's race. (Chart, Equibase)