Jockey Julian Pimentel put an exclamation point on his four-win afternoon by guiding favored Introduced to a half-length victory in Saturday's $75,000 Miss Disco Stakes at Laurel Park.
Three of Pimentel's four wins came in consecutive stakes races. He preceded the Miss Disco with victories in the $75,000 All Brandy on My Sistersledge and the $75,000 Find aboard English Minister.
“This is right up there,” said Pimentel, the long-time regular rider for late Mid-Atlantic legend and four-time Maryland Horse of the Year Ben's Cat. “It's very nice to win three stakes in one day, absolutely.”
Colts Neck Stables' Introduced had made six of her first seven career starts on the grass, including a June 1 allowance victory at Laurel where she ran 5 ½ furlongs in 1:00.55 to set the Dahlia turf course record. Most recently third as the favorite in the Stormy Blues Stakes July 14 at Laurel, her lone dirt win came last September at Laurel, a three-length triumph in a race originally carded for the grass.
Bunting was quickest from the gate and in front after a quarter-mile in 22.72 seconds pressed by Miss Guided and a half in 45.55, when Introduced picked up the chase on the outside. Always with clear run from their far outside post, Pimentel launched his bid near the quarter pole and gained the upper hand in the final eighth.
“I spoke to [winning trainer Jorge Duarte Jr.] this morning, and he told me to just let her do whatever she feels comfortable doing,” Pimentel said. “I just sat behind the speed and when it was time to go, she hustled after them and got it done.”
Bunting was a clear second in her stakes debut, 3 ¼ lengths ahead of Past Perfect. Ten Oaks Miss and Miss Guided completed the order of finish. Never Enough Time, the 8-5 program favorite, was scratched.
Bred in Maryland by Alfred G. Vanderbilt, Miss Disco was a multiple stakes winner during her racing career but is best known as the dam of Hall of Famer Bold Ruler, winner of the Preakness (G1) and Horse of the Year in 1957 and sire of 1973 Triple Crown winner Secretariat. She was named Broodmare of the Year in 1958.
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