08/27/2016 6:10PM

Baccelo lives dangerously, but manages to win Iselin

Equi-Photo/Monmouth Park
Baccelo and jockey Nik Juarez win the Iselin Stakes on Saturday, and survive an inquiry and objection after the race.

Baccelo had to withstand an inquiry and a claim of foul, but when the dust settled the son of Northern Afleet had secured his first U.S. stakes victory in the Grade 3, $100,000 Iselin Stakes at Monmouth Park on Saturday.

Baccelo is owned and trained by David Jacobson - who claimed the 6-year-old for $62,500 two starts back - and he was ridden to victory by Nik Juarez. The win in the Iselin was the third straight for Baccelo, who arrived in the U.S. in July of 2014.

Under Monmouth Park leading rider Paco Lopez, Mr. Jordan set the early pace in the 1 1/8-mile Iselin, going an opening quarter in 24.04 seconds, a half in 48.07, and six furlongs in 1:11.20. Baccelo prompted Mr. Jordan from the start and made a bid for the lead on the turn. He went by Mr. Jordan on his outside at the eighth pole, but drifted in some, causing Lopez and Mr. Jordan to take up and alter course to the outside. Mr. Jordan made up some ground late but was unable to catch Baccelo, who ended up finishing the race against the rail while 1 1/2 lengths in front of Mr. Jordan.

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Baccelo covered the 1 1/8 miles in 1:48.55 over a fast main track.

There were two separate inquiries conducted - one involving Dontbetwithbruno, who pulled up down the backstretch, and the other concerning the stretch run. That was quickly followed by a claim of foul by Lopez alleging Baccelo had interfered with Mr. Jordan. But the stewards determined any interference was inconsequential, and the original result was allowed to stand.

Baccelo paid $8.80 to win as the 3-1 second choice in the betting behind the favorite, Watershed, who finished a non-threatening third at odds of 4-5.

The victory was the fourth of the afternoon for Juarez, who was riding Baccelo for the first time.

"David said bring him out of there and ride your race," said Juarez. "I kept him close early because I didn't want to give him too much to do in the stretch, and he was able to prove that he was the best horse. He was the best horse in the lane."