Power Broker Most Powerful in Easy Goer Stakes
On Saturday's Belmont Stakes undercard, 3-year-old Power Broker scored his first stakes win of his sophomore season in the Easy Goer Stakes. Under jockey Rosie Napravnik, the Bob Baffert trainee took command by the quarter pole and never looked back, cruising to a 3 3/4-length win over Micromanage.
Power Broker, owned by Gary and Mary West, showed promise early as the winner of the Grade 1 FrontRunner Stakes at Santa Anita Park, but turned in two disappointing fifth-place finishes in the Grade 1 Grey Goose Breeders' Cup Juvenile and Grade 1 Santa Anita Derby afterwards. His last start before the Easy Goer was an allowance race at Churchill Downs, which he won.
Bred in Kentucky by Jamm Ltd., he is out of Wild Again mare Shop Again.
Micromanage was second, followed by Israal. The final time for the 1 1/16-mile distance was 1:41.55.
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Easy Goer Stakes Quotes
John Terranova, assistant to Bob Baffert, winning trainer of Power Broker (No. 2): “He came in a few days ago in great shape. His [allowance victory] at Churchill was impressive and it looked like it was a great effort today and everything went smooth. Obviously he was the best horse in the race. Rosie gave him a great ride and kept him out of trouble.”
Rosie Napravnik, winning jockey aboard Power Broker (No. 2): “I didn't have any instructions, but I figured we would be close. There was actually a nice pace up front. I breezed him a couple of days ago and I knew he was coming into the race on his game. He was running very comfortably the whole way.”