07/16/2016 7:22PM

American Patriot breaks turf course record in Kent

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The 3-year-old American Patriot runs 1 1/8 miles on turf in 1:47.19 under Jose Ortiz to win the Grade 3 Kent.

STANTON, Del. - American Patriot set a Delaware Park course record for 1 1/8 miles on turf while winning the Grade 3 Kent Stakes by 1 1/2 lengths Saturday on the Del Cap undercard.

The Delaware turf was playing quick as earlier in the day Sleeping Giant missed setting a five-furlong course record on turf by .01 of a second while winning a second-level optional-claiming race.

American Patriot, trained by Todd Pletcher and ridden by Jose Ortiz, saved ground in the second flight as pacesetting He'll Pay set realistic fractions of 24.61 seconds, 48.20, and 1:12.00, Ortiz tipped American Patriot outside He'll Pay entering the stretch and they took the lead in midstretch and pulled away.

American Patriot, the 8-5 favorite, paid $5.40 and completed the course in 1:47.19. The mile split was 1:35.68. The old record was 1:47.27 set by Optimizer in the 2012 Kent Stakes.

He'll Pay held on for second by a neck over third-place Inspector Lynley, who came very wide into the stretch and finished well. Converge finished fourth, 1 3/4 lengths farther back

Hanford Memorial: Bodhisattva finished fast

Bodhisattva won his second straight race since being reunited with trainer Jose Corrales in the $50,250 Carl Hanford Memorial Stakes.

Bodhisattva broke a seven-race losing streak in his prior start when he closed from far back to win a third-level optional-claiming race at Laurel Park. The win was the first for Bodhisattva since the Federico Tesio Stakes at Laurel in April 2015.

Last summer, Corrales took Bodhisattva to western Canada, where he finished fourth in the Grade 3 Canadian Derby at Northlands Park. He then made one start for trainer Wally Pugh at Northlands. Bodhisattva then was sent to Southern California, where he made three starts for trainer Doug O'Neill earlier this year before being sent back east to Corrales.

In the 1 1/16-mile Hanford, Kobel set the early pace inside Ain't Got Time as they raced well clear of the rest of the field through quick fractions of 23.85, 47.29, and 1:10.88. Ain't Got Time eventually got the best of that battle but was replaced on the front end in midstretch by Savoy Stomp. Bodhisattva then came flying to take the lead in deep stretch and win by 1 1/4 lengths.

Kid Cruz rallied from last in the seven-horse field to nip Ain't Got Time for third by a neck, finishing 1 1/4 lengths behind Savoy Stomp.

Bodhisattva, ridden by Taylor Hole, paid $25.60 as the second-longest price in the field. The final time was 1:44.20 following a mile in 1:37.77.

Hockessin: Green Gratto outfights Big Guy Ian

A week after he tired to finish fifth in the Belmont Sprint Championship, Green Gratto turned in a gutsy performance to outbattle Big Guy Ian in the $50,125 Hockessin Stakes.

Green Gratto prompted the early pace inside Big Guy Ian through fractions of 22.16 and 44.95 before inching away in the stretch to win the six-furlong race by three-quarters of a length. He was timed in 1:10.82.

Trainer Gaston Grant supplemented Green Gratto to the Hockessin on entry day.

"He was acting like he wasn't tired," Grant said. "He's a durable horse. This is his 45th start. It's all the animal. It's not me."

Green Gratto, ridden by Jose Ortiz, paid $5 as the favorite in the six-horse field.

Sir Rockport finished third, three-quarters of a length behind Big Guy Ian. Chief Istan, the 9-5 second choice, raced in good early position behind the leaders, lodged a three wide bid on the turn, then flattened out to finish fifth.

Any Court Inastorm was bumped and shuffled back after the start, then trailed throughout.