World of Trouble left no doubt he was the best horse in Saturday's Grade 1, $400,000 Jaipur Invitational at Belmont Park, setting a stiff pace and going gate to wire for his fifth straight victory.
World of Trouble, under jockey Manny Franco, covered the six furlongs over the Widener Turf Course in a swift 1:06.37, although his time did not eclipse the North American record set two years ago in this same race — 1:05.67 by Disco Partner, who rallied late for third behind World of Trouble Saturday while 13-1 longshot Om came in between them for second.
Trained by Jason Service, World of Trouble, a 4-year-old colt by Kantharos, was bred in Florida by Darsan, Inc. He's owned in partnership by Michael Dubb, Madaket Stables and Bethlehem Stables.
The odds-on favorite in a field of seven, World of Trouble broke sharply from post position eight and established his usual frontrunning presence ahead of the Peter Miller-trained mare Belvoir Bay. The leading pair stayed one-two for much of the race with World of Trouble setting fractions of 21.99, 43.85 and 54.80.
Turning for home, World of Trouble increased his advantage and Belvoir Bay could not keep up. She faded in mid-stretch to finish fourth while Om and Disco Partner came on to fill out the trifecta. World of Trouble crossed the finish line 1 3/4 lengths ahead of Om, with Disco Partner three-quarters of a length back in third. World of Trouble paid $2.80 for the win, with Om paying off at $7.10 for place and Disco Partner, $3.00 for show.
World of Trouble improved his career record to nine wins from 13 starts. His only loss in his previous seven starts was a neck defeat to Stormy Liberal in last year's Breeders' Cup Turf Sprint.
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