China Horse Club and WinStar Farm's Good Samaritan settled at the rear of the seven-horse field early on, then rallied down the stretch to win the G2 Summer Stakes by about two lengths on the wire. A juvenile son of Harlan's Holiday, the colt sped through a mile over Woodbine's firm turf course in 1:34.28 under Joel Rosario. The victory earned the Bill Mott trainee an entry fees-paid berth to the Breeders' Cup Juvenile Turf this fall at Santa Anita.
Race-favorite Conquest Farenheit was very quick out of the gate, but allowed the trio of Channel Maker, Harlan's Harmony and The Craic to take over the early lead. The Craic, the only filly in the field of juveniles, led through a first quarter in :23.21 until Harlan's Harmony took over, leading to the half-mile pole in :46.01. Conquest Farenheit maintained clear running three-wide outside of Channel Maker in third through the turn, while Good Samaritan and Rosario were comfortably moving against the hedge at the rear of the field.
Conquest Farenheit moved three-wide to take the lead at the head of the lane, though Channel Maker was making good running up the rail. Good Samaritan angled five-wide into the lane, but he was moving so strongly that his momentum carried him past Conquest Farenheit before the eighth pole. Good Samaritan appeared to grow distracted late in the stretch, changing leads and darting to the inside a bit, but maintained his speed to cross the wire two lengths in front of Conquest Farenheit. Channel Maker stayed on well to finish third, and Tiz A Slam was fourth.
Bred in Kentucky by WinStar Farm, Good Samaritan broke his maiden at first asking in Saratoga, just getting up by a head after trailing the field early in a 1 1/16 mile turf event. The colt is now two-for-two lifetime, with earnings of nearly $170,000.
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