Jump Sucker Stable's Blacktype finally earned that designation in his 19th career start, winning Sunday's Grade 3 Oceanport Stakes for trainer Christophe Clement. A 5-year-old son of Dunkerque, he crossed the wire a neck in front under Joe Bravo for the jockey's third win on the card. The final time over Monmouth's yielding turf course was 1:45.64 for 1 1/16 miles.
“We thought we had the best horse in the race and that turned out to be true,” said Bravo. “The turf was in great shape even with all the rain and I was just happy to be aboard the best horse. He really dug in the final 1/8th and was able to push by late.”
Blacktype broke slowly for Bravo, who'd led all the way on Bradester one race previously, taking up position in second-last while less than 8 lengths off the leaders. Nonna's Boy broke sharply from the outside post to cut over to the rail and make the pace, setting fractions of :24.72 and :49.64 while just over a length in front of Infinite Wisdom and Almasty. Rounding the far turn, Almasty made his bid up the outside of Nonna's Boy, with Kharafa tracking just behind him. Blacktype was going widest of all, bidding from the rear of the field.
At the top of the lane Almasty had the lead for a brief moment, but Kharafa angled out to take over that lead as Blacktype continued to rally well up the center of the track. Mid-stretch Blacktype came even with Kharafa, who was game but unable to hold off the winner. Blacktype prevailed by a neck on the wire, with Kharafa settling for second. War Dancer was moving well late to be third, and Captain Dixie came from the rear of the field to finish fourth.
Bred in France by E.A.R.L. Haras Du Quesnay, Blacktype was a $9,557 yearling purchase at the Deauville Arqana Mixed Sale. He began his career in France, coming to the United States in late 2014. The Oceanport is his first career stakes victory, and improves the gelding's overall record to 6-2-5 from 19 starts, with earnings of over $350,000.
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