Narrowly beaten in the Breeders' Cup Turf Sprint at Churchill Downs last November in his only previous Grade 1 appearance, World of Trouble secured Grade 1 status on his resume with a hard-fought victory on Saturday as the 4-5 favorite in the Carter Handicap at Aqueduct in New York under jockey Manny Franco.
Skyler's Scramjet finished second, a half length behind the winner, with Honor Up third and Vino Rosso fourth in the field of seven older horses. Timber Ghost was scratched. Time for the seven furlongs on a fast track was 1:23.28. World of Trouble carried high weight of 121 pounds.
Owned by Michael Dubb, Madaket Stables and Bethlehem Stables and trained by Jason Servis, the 4-year-old colt by Kantharos out of Meets Expectations, by Valid Expectations, was bred in Florida by Darsan Inc.
Franco had World of Trouble forwardly placed and wide throughout the Carter as Skyler's Scramjet and Honor Up – both trained by Michelle Nevin – volleyed through fractions of :23.61 and :46.71 for the opening half mile. World of Trouble made a three-wide move to hook up with that pair into the stretch and gradually edged to the lead in the final furlong (after six furlongs in 1:10.41).
“Jason told me to break out of there and see how it developed, because we knew the 5-horse [Skyler's Scramjet] was going to go,” said Franco. “We wanted to sit right off and it worked out great. He can be sensitive so I didn't want to get on him, and I think that was the key. I let him relax, and when I asked him to go, he was there for me.”
“It was good. What can I say?” said Servis. “He's a running son of a gun. He makes me look good. If I had a mare I would breed to him and the fact that he can do dirt and turf, I think we might go back to the turf. It would add some flavor to him as a stallion and then maybe back to the dirt so we'll see.
“Michelle's horse [Skyler's Scramjet] is fast and I was getting a little nervous there towards the end. I'm just happy with today. My assistant, Henry Argueta, has been with me over fifteen years and when I send him these good horses like Call Paul, Final Jeopardy and World of Trouble, I know I can sleep at night. He's the best.”
World of Trouble has garnered attention since his career debut in August 2017 when winning off by 14 lengths in a maiden claiming contest at Gulfstream Park for trainer Kathleen O'Connell. Two starts later, World of Trouble won the Pasco at Tampa Bay Downs by 13 3/4 lengths, a race that led to him being favored in the G2 Tampa Bay Derby. He finished third behind Quip in the 2018 renewal of that contest.
Servis switched World of Trouble to turf sprints at Saratoga last summer and he responded with a victory in the Quick Call Stakes, followed by another stakes win sprinting on turf at Belmont. He was beaten a neck by Stormy Liberal as the favorite in the Breeders' Cup Turf Sprint.
Showing his versatility, World of Trouble returned to the main track and won a pair of sprints at Tampa and Gulfstream Park this winter (the latter in a race taken off the turf because of rain). The Carter was his third consecutive win.
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