Divisidero gave trainer Kelly Rubley her first career graded stakes win on Saturday. outlasting Revved Up and even-money favorite Synchrony in a stirring stretch drive of the Grade 3 Arlington Handicap at Arlington International Racecourse, one of four graded stakes races serving as Ride to the Million preps for Aug. 11 Arlington Million day.
Ridden by Jevian Toledo, Divisidero, a 6-year-old son of Kitten's Joy racing for Gunpowder Farm, was clocked in 1:54.03 for 1 3/16 miles on firm turf and paid $7 to win as the second choice in the betting. He carried 121 pounds under the handicap conditions, one less than Synchrony and five more than Revved Up.
Allowed to settle well off the early pace set by Roman Approval (:23.99, :48.83, 1:12.69), Divisidero raced outside of horses throughout and was widest of all swinging into the stretch while reaching contention. Revved Up grabbed a brief lead toward the inside in midstretch after a mile in 1:36.70, with Synchrony joining the fray in between those two.
Nearing the wire, Divisidero gained the advantage from a stubborn Revved Up, getting his sixth career victory from 19 starts and first in three races since being transferred from the barn of Buff Bradley. Included in Divisidero's wins for Bradley were back-to-back runnings of the G1 Turf Classic at Churchill Downs. The 2017 Turf Classic on May 6 was Divisidero's most recent win.
Bred in Kentucky by Hinkle Farms, Divisidero was produced from Madame Du Lac, by Lemon Drop Kid.
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