Slipping through on the inside at the top of the stretch, Blofeld blew past the leaders late in the stretch to take the Grade 2, $200,000 Futurity Stakes at Belmont Park on Sunday.
Hebbronville was second, and Cinco Charlie finished third after setting early fractions of :23.10 and :46.20. Final time for the six furlongs was 1:09.49.
The Todd Pletcher trainee broke his maiden at first asking on August 14.
“It wasn't the trip I was expecting, but he still won,” said winning jockey John Velazquez after the race. “We got squeezed out of a spot near the half-mile pole. We were behind the top two horses and he was getting a little bit intimidated, but once he got his momentum going he came back again. I'm proud of him, because they're babies, they don't get squeezed and try to come back again in the same spot. I was getting worried that he may not get there, but once he got close enough to the other horses he got into another gear.”
“I thought he lost his momentum when he got squeezed out on the turn,” Pletcher said. “It took him a while to regain it and I thought it might have left him with too much to do, but he put in an explosive last sixteenth of a mile. The plan going into this race was to go next to the Nashua [Grade 2, $200,000, Aqueduct Racetrack, November 2], but I will talk to the connections and see if that's still the plan.”
Owned by Glencrest Farm LLC and JSM Equine, Blofeld was bred in Kentucky by Keats Grove Farm. He is a son of Lane's End's freshman sire Quality Road and out of Storm Minstrel, by Storm Cat. The colt commanded three six-figure prices at different sales both last year and this year, including selling from the Wavertree Stables consignment at Fasig-Tipton this February for $225,000.
Rounding out the field was Far Right in fourth and Mr. Amos in fifth.
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