Robert J. Baron’s Promises Fulfilled Surpassed all promises July 6 Using a front-running, 4??1/2-length score in the $300,000, Grade 2 John A. Nerud Stakes at Belmont Park.
Part of this”Win and You Are In” Challenge Series, the win got the son of Shackleford an automatic berth at the Breeders’ Cup Sprint Nov. 2 at Santa Anita Park.
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The odds-on favored in Saturday’s seven-horse field, Promises Fulfilled broke on the top under jockey Luis Saez and quickly established a one-length lead. Warrior’s Club pressed the speed in both path on the outside as Promises Fulfilled set quarter-mile fractions of both:23.16 and:46.09. Never wavering, Promises Fulfilled increased his lead to 2??1/2 spans in early stretch and continued to spike. The last time for your seven-furlong sprint was 1:21.75.
“It did not seem like there was much speed, and when Killybegs Captain overlooked the break, that left him out there,” winning trainer Dale Romans said. “He had been going to be hard to beat if nobody pressed him. He hadn’t had that slow of a speed in his lifetime. Examine the horses he’s been operating against. This race eventually gave him a little course relief. But this should set him up nicely.”
Killybegs Captain took third, a neck behind Warrior’s Club.
“He broke sharp. He constantly breaks sharp,” Saez said. “The last time, he missed the break, but now he broke so clean, he was right there. When he reached the stretch and he switched leads, he had been running. I still had a great deal of horse. It is very hot now. He got somewhat tired when he grabbed the wire, but that is normal. “I think he’s 100 percent. He feels way better than he did his last races, and let’s see what happens in Saratoga.”
Promises Fulfilled entered the race off a fourth-place finish in the June 8 Runhappy Metropolitan Handicap. He made his first start of the season at Meydan Racecourse, in which he finished fourth in the Dubai Golden Shaheen Sponsored by Gulf News. Then he returned to the nations, where he took third at the May 4 Churchill Downs Stakes Presented by Twinspires.com at Churchill Downs.
This was the fifth graded stakes win for Promises Fulfilled, that won the Grade 2 Xpressbet Fountain of Youth Stakes, Grade 3 Amsterdam Stakes, Grade 1 H. Allen Jerkens Stakes Presented by Runhappy, and Grade two Stoll Keenon Ogden Phoenix Stakes This past Year. The 4-year-old has seven wins from 15 starts and $1,437,280 in earnings.
“He’s a whole lot kinder than Shackleford was,” stated Romans, who also trained the 2011 Preakness Stakes winner and sire. “Shackleford was one of some kind. He was a great and clever horse. This one is smart, too, but he’s nicer. Where we go , we are going to have to sit down and figure it out. He could earn a mile. There’s just a fantastic set of horses running three-quarters along with a mile. We are going to get that all figured out.”
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