American Patriot earns first stakes win in Kent Stakes at Delaware Park

American Patriot earns first stakes win in Kent Stakes at Delaware Park

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American Patriot Makes the Grade in Kent

Son of War Front easily collared pacesetter for first stakes win.

WinStar Farm homebred American Patriot overhauled pacesetter He'll Pay in the stretch and edged away to win the $200,000 Kent Stakes (gr. IIIT) July 16 at Delaware Park

Video: Kent S. (G3T)

A son of War Front  trained by Todd Pletcher, American Patriot scored by 1 1/2 lengths and finished the 1 1/8-mile turf race for 3-year-olds in 1:47.19 on firm ground.

Jose Ortiz rated 9-5 favorite American Patriot in fourth, then third, as He'll Pay ticked off moderate early fractions—:24.61, :48,20, and 1:12 through six furlongs. The winner was ready to roll into the stretch and briefly engaged the front-runner before he secured the victory in the matter of a few powerful strides.

American Patriot, who has three wins and two thirds from six career starts, came in off three-length triumph in an allowance optional-claiming race at the same distance June 25 at Belmont Park.

Saturday's win was the first in a stakes for American Patriot, who was unplaced in the 1 1/16-mile American Turf Stakes (gr. IIT) May 7 at Churchill Downs.

American Patriot is one of two winners from the winning Tiznow  mare Life Well Lived, a full sister to 2009 Emirates Airline Dubai World Cup (UAE-I) victor Well Armed, also a grade I winner in the U.S. He is the 46th black-type winner for War Front.

American Patriot paid $5.40, $3.60, and $2.40. He'll Pay returned $12.40 and $4.80, and Inspector Lynley came on for third late to pay $2.80 to show.

Converge came in fourth, followed by Keystoneforvictory, Mighty Mo, and Madtap to complete the order or finish.