Deeply Undervalued pays $15.40 in Commonwealth Derby; big ‘Impression’ in Oaks
In any event, Deeply Undervalued outperformed his odds in this stakes debut, paying $15.40 and stamping himself as the latest Chad Brown turf performer to follow.
A neck second to tactically advantaged Revved Up in a 1 3/8-mile entry-level allowance at Saratoga, Deeply Undervalued worked out the better trip in the rematch. New rider Manuel Franco gave him time to regroup after a slightly awkward start, and taking the overland route he prefers, the Kitten’s Joy colt surged late to a one-length victory.
“I just let him be comfortable after he stumbled a little bit,” Franco said. “I tried to be covered up, but when it was time to move, I took him to the outside and he made a big run.”
“It was a nice win,” Brown told Laurel publicity from his Belmont base. “I’m really proud of Manny and the way he rode this horse. We’ve been really high on this horse and it’s nice to this this win following up his summer campaign. He got a great trip and a patient ride.”
The form stacks up well: runner-up Isotherm just placed to Inspector Lynley and Camelot Kitten in the Saranac (G3), third-placer He’ll Pay had been second in the Kent (G3), and Kent hero American Patriot was exiting a better-than-appears third in the Secretariat (G1). American Patriot underperformed as the 8-5 favorite here, handed an inside stalking trip yet settling for fourth.
Revved Up can be marked up for his closing fifth. Shuffled back to last at the start, the Shug McGaughey pupil had too much to do. He didn’t help his cause by sticking to his left lead longer than helpful, and he didn’t really take off until deep inside the final furlong. Nevertheless, Revved Up finished with interest, as though crying out for a longer trip.
The final time for 1 1/8 miles on the firm turf was a snappy 1:46.63, not too far off the Exceller course mark of 1:46.00 set by Battle Chant in 2005.
Earlier in the $150,000 Commonwealth Oaks (G3), Stuart Janney III’s homebred My Impression created just that with a dynamic 3 1/4-length victory over Noble Beauty. The 9-2 shot burst through along the inside and clocked 1:46.57, .06 faster than Deeply Undervalued.
My Impression now joins On Leave, the Sands Point (G2) heroine, as a turf filly going places for the same Janney/McGaughey team. Interestingly, her form dovetails with On Leave. The Commonwealth Oaks third, Pricedtoperfection, had filled that same spot behind On Leave in the August 25 Riskaverse at Saratoga. Fourth-placer Stella Rose, the 8-5 favorite, was second to On Leave in a Belmont allowance back in July. Stella Rose performed better than her bare result implies in the Commonwealth Oaks, as she was forced to pull out ever wider around drifting pacesetter It’s the Truth down the lane.
My Impression’s rider, Jose Ortiz, alluded to the favorite’s passage in his postrace quotes.
“Going into the turn she [My Impression] was going perfect, and when I hit the quarter pole I was just looking for a place to go,” Ortiz said. “I felt like I had horse but Stella Rose and [Manuel] Franco they were getting out and I was a little worried that I wasn't able to find room as soon as I wanted. But as soon as I saw the rail I went, and she responded very well.
"She gave me a great acceleration. When I hit her the first time and she felt it she started running and after that, I looked at the board and she was an easy winner in just a hand ride.”
“I thought she was very impressive,” Janney said. “Obviously, he [Ortiz] rode her beautifully, as he always does. He found that hole and she just had tremendous kick coming home. I couldn’t have been more pleased with what I saw. I think she is a very good filly.”
My Impression, who was similarly decisive in the July 6 Christiana at Delaware Park, ran into a problem last time in the Lake Placid (G2) at the Spa. Taking a bad step turning for home, she was wrapped up on and trailed home sixth behind Time and Motion and Catch a Glimpse.
“She was doing so good before the Saratoga race,” assistant trainer Robert Triola said. “She went up and had a real, real bad trip. She never handled [the course]. It rained right before the race and she was sliding. When she turned for home she almost spread-eagled. But she came home in good shape and, knock on wood, we’ll keep going forward.”
Janney provided some additional background on the Saratoga blip.
“We went up to the Lake Placid with the idea of having a say in what was going to happen,” her owner/breeder said. “Those were the best fillies but we thought we were in there with some chance.
“The grass was a little slippery. She does have flat feet and has a little problem with her frogs. The way they shoe her is a little different, and she just couldn’t stand up that day. Fortunately, she came out of it just fine and she’s been training well. I don’t know what we’ll do next. This is obviously a step forward. She’s a graded-stakes winner.”
Between the sophomore stakes, Jump Sucker Stable’s Blacktype extended his winning streak to three in the $200,000 Commonwealth Turf Cup (G2). The Christophe Clement trainee capitalized on an inside trip to best 29-1 Top of Mind and 3-2 favorite Force the Pass (who suffered ground loss throughout from post 11).
Laurel officials announced Blacktype’s final time of 1:33.43 as a new course record for the mile over the All Along course, but the official chart isn’t reflecting it as of this writing.
“He was maybe a touch further back than what I was expecting,” Clement said, “but he was very comfortable and he got a great ride from Trevor McCarthy. He was able to save ground and finished very well on the inside.”
“The hot pace really helped,” McCarthy noted. “The horses kind of came back to us and he was really the last one running. He was really accelerating for me the last eighth of a mile when I really needed him the most. I’m really proud of him.”
Blacktype has now won back-to-back graded stakes, after the Oceanport (G3) at Monmouth on Haskell Day. His skein began in a July 3 allowance at Belmont – the day he took the blinkers off.
“Sometimes that happens,” Clement observed. “When horses get good, they get really good and by winning they get better. In this case, that’s what happened. We took the blinkers off because he was a bit too strong with the blinkers and he seems to be a better horse that way.”
Deeply Undervalued and My Impression photos courtesy of Jim McCue/Maryland Jockey Club
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