Runnymede Racing's Postulation got his first graded stakes win in Saturday's G3 American St. Leger at Arlington Park, taking the lead mid-way through the far turn and pulling away from his competition in the final eighth of a mile to win by about three lengths. The 5-year-old son of Harlan's Holiday, ridden by Jorge Vargas for Edward Graham, covered 1 11/16 miles over the firm turf in 2:49.45.
“When you watch his race at Delaware Park Alex said he couldn't even pull him up and that the outrider had to pull him up,” said Graham. “I didn't think there was a question and I thought he would get it done. I don't know, I guess this is just luck here [on previously winning the Arlington Million with Hardest Core in 2014 and today].”
A relatively even beginning saw Crewman out for the lead with a wide Applicator in second, then Postulation and Bullards Alley tracking the pace. Crewman set fractions of :25.19, :49.58 and 1:13.82 while extending his lead to nearly three lengths as the field rounded through the stretch for the first time. As the field crossed under the wire on their first lap, Crewman lost his advantage and eventually Applicator took over the front-running position.
Mid-way down the backstretch, Applicator darted out toward the center of the course, carrying out Bullards Alley and forcing jockey Irad Ortiz to check sharply as his horse was nearly knocked off his feet. Applicator was still leading, but was several paths off the rail, allowing Postulation to take over approaching the far turn.
At the head of the lane, Postulation led Keystoneforvictory by about a length, with Tobias and Taghleeb trying to make their rallies as well. Bullards Alley was with the leading group of five but could make up no ground on those in front of him. Down the stretch Postulation continued to widen his margin of victory, crossing the wire about three lengths in front of the late-running Taghleeb. Keystoneforvictory held on to third over Tobias.
“I wanted to relax him – that was the plan since it was such a long race, but he wanted to be on the pace,” said Vargas. “When I asked him, he just took off.”
Bred in Kentucky by Juddmonte Farm, Postulation won a listed stake last out at Delaware Park. Prior to that, the horse had not won a flat race since he'd moved to the U.S. in 2015. Overall, Postulation boasts a record of five wins, four seconds and a third from 16 starts, with earnings of nearly $300,000.
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