The bettors were confident a Chad Brown horse would prevail in the Grade 3 Wonder Again at Belmont Park Thursday, but the one who won wasn't the Brown horse most people had in mind. Cambier Parc stalked her accomplished stablemate Newspaperofrecord (IRE) throughout the 1 1/8-mile turf contest and whittled away at her lead, drawing even and ultimately outfighting Newspaperofrecord. Jose Ortiz was on Cambier Parc (while his brother Irad was on the runner-up), who finished 1 1/4 lengths ahead of Newspaperofrecord.
The race was the third career victory for the OXO Equine daughter of Medaglia d'Oro, who also won the G3 Herecomesthebride earlier this year.
The 3-year-old Cambier Parc was bred in Kentucky by Bonne Chance Farm and is out of Point Given daughter Sealy Hill, who was an accomplished runner herself, as the first Canadian Triple Tiara winner. Sealy Hill was the 2007 Canadian Horse of the Year.
Cambier Parc was a $1.25 million yearling purchase by OXO Equine's Larry Best at the 2017 Keeneland September sale.
Kelsey's Cross was third behind heavy favorite Newsaperofrecord. The final time for the race was 1:46.34. See the full chart here.
“I just wonder if she's getting lost alone on the lead. This is the second time she's gotten passed in the stretch after drawing off. Last year, against a different kind of horse – lightly raced horses – they weren't going to catch her. Now, she's gotten run down by two really good horses. Opening up a big lead in the stretch might not be the logical thing to do anymore. We'll try different things with her.”
“I don't want to take anything away from her win today. It was her day.”
Jose Ortiz, winning jockey aboard Cambier Parc (No. 4): “She broke good and relaxed nicely. Nobody else could keep up by the quarter pole and I got an easy, perfect trip. At the top of the stretch, I didn't know if I was going to get there because Newspaperofrecord is a really good filly, but when I saw that she didn't get away from me, I thought I had a shot passing the eighth pole. In the last eighth of a mile, my filly was just better.”
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