William H. Lawrence and Klaravich Stables' Patternrecognition led all the way to earn his first stakes win in Saturday's Grade 2 Kelso, holding off the late rally of Sunny Ridge by three-quarters of a length on the wire. The 5-year-old son of Adios Charlie, ridden by Tyler Gaffalione, gave trainer Chad Brown his fifth win on the Belmont card. Off at 5-1, Patternrecognition completed one mile over the fast main track in 1:34.16, while the even-money favorite Battle of Midway finished off the board.
In the Kelso, Patternrecognition took control early under jockey Tyler Gaffalione, holding a length lead under pressure from No Dozing through an opening quarter-mile in 23.77 seconds and a half in 46.83. No Dozing began to give up the fight as Sunny Ridge and fellow Brown trainee Timeline gained ground as the field turned for home. Sunny Ridge got within striking distance with an eighth of a mile left, but Patternrecognition dug in, completing the mile in 1:34.16 on the fast main track.
Off at 5-1, the winner returned $13.20 for a $2 win wager.
Brown won four straight races to kick off Saturday's card at Belmont: Junkanoo (No. 8, $15) in Race 1, Favorable Outcome (No. 2, $5) in Race 2, Course Correction (No. 2, $6.10) in Race 3, and Uni (No. 2, $4.50) in Race 4, the Grade 3, $200,000 Noble Damsel.
“I have to give credit to Chad and his team,” said Gaffalione, who teamed up with Brown to win the opener aboard Junkanoo. “They did a great job with him. You can see from his past races, he's always been a fighter. He was in a good rhythm on the turn for home and those horses didn't really come to him. When I asked him for run, he definitely responded. He likes a challenge and you can see that in his most recent race at Saratoga.”
Timeline, who broke through the gate prior to the start, was another half-length back in third. No Dozing was fourth and even-money favorite Battle of Midway was fifth. Still Having Fun and Realm rounded out the order of finish.
Bred in Florida by Ocala Study, Patternrecognition was a $420,000 2-year-old at the OBS April sale. He did not debut until his 4-year-old season, but did win at first asking. The Kelso was his first start in stakes company, and the win improves his overall record to four wins and five seconds from 10 starts, with earnings just shy of $400,000.
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