Pin Oak Stable's homebred Synchrony bulled his way through at the rail to earn a three-length win in Sunday's Grade 3 Oceanport Stakes at Monmouth Park, giving jockey Joe Bravo his second win on the card. Trained by Mike Stidham, the 5-year-old son of Tapit was sent off as the 1-2 favorite in the seven horse field. Synchrony completed 1 1/16 miles over the firm turf in 1:42.05.
“He's a very classy horse who showed up today like we thought he would,” Stidham said. “He was able to give that good turn of foot when he needed it. We're not sure what's next for him but this is certainly what we needed to see to take the step back up in Grade 1 and Grade 2 company. Joe Bravo knows him really well. He got to know him at the Fair Grounds this winter and he's a perfect fit for him. (The horse) got murdered at the start. But the horse has shown he can sit back or lay a little closer if they are going slow. Today I was worried because they went :25.56 for the opening quarter and he was way back in the pack. But when you've got a lot of horse the hole isn't moving faster than you are. You're moving faster than the hole.”
Bumped hard out of the gate, Synchrony was at the rear of the field heading into the first turn, but Bravo never panicked. He simply took a long hold and waited out the field, while Mo Maverick set a mile pace up front of :25.56 and :49.93. Doctor Mounty traveled in second with Force the Pass and Dover Cliffs behind him in a joint third.
Rounding the far turn, Bravo moved Synchrony up the rail but had to thread him through a tight hole on the inside of Mo Maverick. Synchrony didn't hesitate, and shot through from the back of the pack to take the lead. Bravo let him coast through the wire, winning by about three lengths in the end. Doctor Mounty finished well for second, while Irish Strait was third.
“I got shut off at the start, got him to relax nicely behind horses going down the backside,” said Bravo. “Approaching the far turn, I was getting a little worried there would be no place to go. When the hole opened up along the rail, he exploded late.”
Bred in Kentucky by his owner, Synchrony is out of the Forest Wildcat mare Brownie Points, a multiple stakes winning earner of over $900,000. Synchrony got his first graded win in February of 2018, and hasn't been off the board since. Overall, the horse owns a record of 6-3-4 from 15 starts for earnings of over $550,000.
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