Vosburgh S. (gr. I)

(gr. I , 7f ,)

TRIPPI (B h, 123 lb) $180,000
End Sweep —Jealous Appeal , by Valid Appeal
B—Harry T. Mangurian, Jr., FL.; O—Dogwood Stable; T—Todd A. Pletcher

More Than Ready (DK B/ h, 123 lb) $60,000
Southern Halo —Woodman's Girl , by Woodman
B—Woodlynn Farm Inc, KY.; O—James T. Scatuorchio; T—Todd A. Pletcher

One Way Love (DK B/ h, 126 lb) $33,000
Regal Classic —First Class Gal , by Geiger Counter
B—James E. Day, ON.; O—Schickedanz, Bruno and Hillier, John; T—Abraham R. Katryan

Margins: ½, 2¼, 1. Others: Delaware Township 126($18,000) , Successful Appeal 126($9,000) , Valiant Halory 123 , Iron Punch 126 , Makeyourselfathome 126 , Stalwart Member 126 , Istintaj 126 . Winning Jockey, Jerry D. Bailey.

Trainer Todd Pletcher, who finished one-two with Trippi and More Than Ready in the seven-furlong Vosburgh Stakes (gr. I), made his position perfectly clear on his chances in the Breeders’ Cup Sprint (gr. I). “I wouldn’t want to trade places with anybody,” the conditioner said the morning after Trippi’s half-length score.

The Vosburgh was Trippi’s first grade I win, and the 3-year-old colt probably will go into the Nov. 4 Sprint without another start. Trippi, who races for Dogwood Stable (Cot Campbell, president), has won seven of nine races, and his sole off the board effort came in the 11/4-mile Kentucky Derby (gr. I).

“It’s safe to say he’ll train up to the race,” said Jack Sadler, Dogwood’s communications director, who traveled from Dogwood’s headquarters in Aiken, S.C., to New York for the race. “He’s proved he can run big off a six-week layoff.”

Campbell missed the Vosburgh because of family commitments, but still listened to the call of the race. “He called the office about two minutes before the race was scheduled to go off, and listened to it on TVG,” Sadler said. “Then he called me in the director’s room 10 minutes later. He was greatly thrilled.”

Campbell bought Trippi for $65,000 at the 1999 Keeneland April sale of 2-year-olds in training. Mark Casse consigned Trippi on behalf of the colt’s breeder, Harry Mangurian Jr.

A racing partnership, Dogwood has been represented by three horses in the Breeders’ Cup, including Storm Song, who won the 1996 Juvenile Fillies (gr. I) and was voted champion 2-year-old filly. Dogwood later sold Storm Song, and this year, her yearling Gone West filly commanded $1 million at the Keeneland September sale.

Dogwood also has another Breeders’ Cup candidate in Gone Fishin. Four-year-old Gone Fishin won the seven-furlong Jaipur Handicap (gr. IIIT) at Belmont Park in May and is expected to run in the mile Kelso Handicap (gr. IIT) at Belmont on Oct. 8.

Following his racing career, Trippi is scheduled to enter stud at Vinery near Lexington. The nursery signed a deal to purchase an interest in Trippi following his retirement from racing. (Vinery also will do the same with More Than Ready.)

End Sweep, sire of Trippi, has sired 14 stakes winners, including additional 2000 added-money winners Swept Overboard (gr. III), Precise End (gr. III), Dark Ending, End Up, Endlessly, Sweeping Story, Sweep Well, and Silky Sweep. End Sweep stands at Arrowfield Stud in Australia.—D.S.