Global Power made his first start at Delaware Park a memorable one as the 4-year-old son of Pulpit held off Slip and Drive and Abilio to win the $100,250 Sussex Stakes July 21. The victory was the colt’s first in a stakes (VIDEO).
The task was made easier after Marilyn's Guy, one of two graded stakes winners in the field, was scratched. Lentenor , a full brother to Barbaro and in pursuit of his first stakes win, also was scratched.
Ridden by Abel Castellano Jr. in the 1 1/16-mile turf stakes and carryng 117 pounds, Global Power maintained about a two-length margin into the stretch. Challenged in midstretch by Slip and Drive on the inside and Abilio on the outside, Global Power held off the threat to defeat Slip and Drive by a neck. Abilio finished a half length behind the runner-up.
Utley, the 6-5 favorite, raced in fifth for most of the way and finished fifth.
Time for the race was 1:41.62 after splits of :24.13, :47.83, 1:11.47, and 1:35.47. Following Abilio were London Lane, Utley, Sleepless Knight, and Roman Tiger, who had won the Tampa Bay Stakes (gr. IIIT) in February.
Owned by Luch Racing Stable and trained by Tom Amoss, Global Power collected $60,000 in the Sussex while improving his record to 5-2-1 from 13 starts with earnings of $199,745. Global Power had contested two earlier stakes, last year’s Ohio Derby (gr. III) and the Aristides Stakes (gr. III) at Churchill Downs June 2, and had finished seventh in both of them.
Global Power paid $19, $9, and $7.20. Slip and Drive returned $17.60 and $9.80, and Abilio paid $6.60. The 5-3 exacta was worth $251.60, and the 5-3-4 trifecta paid $1,305.40. The 5-3-4-7 superfecta returned $7,549.40.
Bred in Kentucky by Hidden Creek Farm, Global Power is out of the Storm Cat mare Hidden Cat.