11/04/2012 6:55PM

Aqueduct: Violence prevails in Nashua despite swerve in the stretch

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Violence, ridden by Javier Castellano, survives an inquiry for brushing an opponent during the stretch run of Sunday's Nashua for 2-yar-olds.

Violence, who was among Todd Pletcher’s 21 juvenile maiden winners at Saratoga, rallied four wide on the turn, drifted in while forging to the lead in the stretch, and survived an inquiry in Sunday’s 38th running of the Grade 2, $200,000 Nashua Stakes at Aqueduct.

 Violence, a $600,000 colt by Medaglia d’Oro, raced in mid-pack early as his $1.3 million stablemate Darwin set the pace under pressure from Really Sharp and Vegas No Show through fractions of 22.88 and 45.45 seconds.

Violence ($7.80) joined the fray from the far outside after six furlongs in 1:09.46, shifted inward and brushed with Vegas No Show while edging past under Javier Castellano, and crossed the wire in front by two lengths.

 “I worked him one time in the morning and he didn’t show me much, but in the afternoon he is a different horse,” said Castellano. “He is much more on the bridle and was more competitive. He lugged in a little bit, but I don’t think it was a big deal.”

Violence ran the mile in 1:35.32 on a fast main track - exactly one second faster than My Happy Face required in the Tempted for fillies earlier on the card.

Vegas No Show, steadied in the vicinity of the eighth pole, altered course and outfinished Really Sharp for second by three lengths. Darwin steadied while tiring on the rail and faded to wind up fourth as the 3-5 favorite. Irsaal, Stormy Len, and Candy Raider completed the order of finish.

 “We kind of anticipated that’s how the race would unfold,” said Pletcher. “We anticipated Darwin and Really Sharp would show some speed, and we talked about stalking those. It was a big effort from a seven-furlong maiden at Saratoga to a November Grade 2. Everybody was a little green down the stretch – horses were kind of running all over the place. He wanted to lean in a little, but once Javier got him corrected he finished well.”