04/30/2017 7:44PM

B Squared handles two turns, turf in Silky Sullivan

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The 3-year-old B Squared, making his turf debut and first start around two turns, wins the Silky Sullivan under Mario Gutierrez.

Although his career is less than two months old, B Squared  has accomplished plenty.

A 3-year-old California-bred, B Squared ($5.60)  scored his first stakes victory in his third start Sunday, stalking nicely and pulling away in the lane to win the $100,450 Silky Sullivan Stakes at Golden Gate Fields.

B Squared was making his first start on turf and first start around two turns but was still favored in the Cal-bred stakes He lived up to the favoritism with a strong performance.

A son of  Square Eddie owned and bred by Redham Racing, B Squared won his March 4 debut at seven furlongs with ease. He then dueled all the way in the 61/2-furlong  Echo Eddie, losing by a nose to Mr. Hinx, who wound up fifth Sunday.

Two other rivals from the Echo Eddie took charge of the race early. Tribal Storm set the early pace before Elwood J claimed it at the half-mile pole and stayed on the lead into the stretch.

Jockey Mario Gutierrez sat coolly on B Squared to the stretch, content to run beside Elwood J until reaching the eighth pole. B Squared then showed his superiority, edging away as he won the one-mile race by 1 1/4  lengths in 1:37.56 over Elwood J. Late-running Ninety Nine Proof was third, another length back.

“We broke out of the gate really sharp,” said Gutierrez. “I didn’t have to hustle my horse, and I didn’t have to fight him to relax him. I think that was the key today.

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“Turning for home, my horse was a little green, and the horse on the inside kept the fight going which made him motivated.

“My horse was very game. I just called on him. I could feel him pushing forward, and I was not afraid of who was coming after that.”

B Squared earned $60,000 for his first stakes victory and now has a bankroll of $130,400.