The perfect run for Woodford Racing LLC's Timeline continued at Monmouth Park on Sunday afternoon, as the colt made it four-for-four in taking the $100,000 betfair.com Pegasus Stakes by an impressive 3 ½ lengths before a Father's Day crowd of 18,527.
“He was brilliant again,” said winning trainer Chad Brown. “There was a chance he would wind up on the lead. Ultimately, I just left it up to Javier (jockey Castellano). He rode a terrific race, as always.”
Timeline was hustled to the front early before opening a clear lead up the backstretch. Turning for home, runner-up Talk Logistics got within a length of the leader before being repelled. The winner stopped the timer in 1:41.32, just one second off the track record of 1:41.20 set by Formal Gold in 1997. Dispatched the 1-10 choice in the field of five 3-year-old colts and geldings, Timeline paid $2.20, $2.10 and $2.10. Talk Logistics completed the $5 exacta and paid $2.60 and $2.10. It was another 13 ¼ lengths back to Honor the Fleet, who paid $2.10 to show.
“I used him a little out of the gate to just get him going,” Castellano said. “I loved the way he did it today because when I asked him early, he didn't rush. He just galloped along on the lead. He handled the track so well. He's a very nice horse.”
A colt by Hard Spun from the Empire Maker mare Azorina, Timeline broke his maiden at seven furlongs at Gulfstream on March 4 before taking an entry level allowance at Aqueduct on April 6 at a mile. Last out, he captured the Grade 3 Peter Pan at Belmont going a mile and an eighth.
Sunday's Grade 3 score moves Timeline's lifetime earnings to $243,000.
Live racing continues at Monmouth Park on Friday, June 23 – gates open 11:30 a.m., first post 12:50 p.m. As always, the racetrack is open seven days a week for simulcasting from across the country and around the globe.
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