06/08/2013 2:26PM

Belmont Park: Power Broker bounds home to win Easy Goer

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Tom Keyser
Power Broker, with Rosie Napravnik riding, powers home in the Easy Goer.

ELMONT, N.Y. - It has taken Power Broker a long time to get back to the Grade 1 form he displayed as a 2-year-old, but it does indeed appear as though he has found it.

Stalking the pacesetting Always in a Tiz through a decent early pace under Rosie Napravnik, Power Broker took command leaving the three-furlong marker, then bounded home a 3 3/4-length winner of Saturday's $150,000 Easy Goer Stakes at Belmont Park.

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Micromanage rallied from well back along the inside to get second by one length over Irsaal. It was 6 1/4 lengths back to New Line, who was followed in the order of finish by Wabbajack, Eton Blue, Doherty, Always in a Tiz, and Puget Sound.

The win was the second straight for Power Broker, a son of Pulpit owned by Gary and Mary West and trained by Bob Baffert. At 2, Power Broker won just one race, but it came as a maiden in the Grade 1 FrontRunner Stakes at Santa Anita.

Breaking from post 2, Power Broker stalked Always in a Tiz through a quarter in 23.36 seconds and a half-mile in 46.71. While Napravnik kept a path in between her and Always in a Tiz, she had Eton Blue directly to her outside.

Approaching the five-sixteenths pole, Power Broker put away Eton Blue and Always In a Tiz, but seemingly had to brace for the challenge of Irsaal.

Turning for home, Power Broker ran away from Irsaal and was never threatened down the lane. He covered 1 1/16 miles in 1:41.55 and returned $4.70 as the 6-5 favorite.

"Coming from the inside, I figured we'd definitely be close," Napravnik said. "It was actually a nice pace. My horse, when I breezed him the other day, he was so on his game, so he was coming into the race very well."

Jordan More than 1 year ago
Baffert has his Haskell horse. If you haven't seen Power Broker in person, he is some kind of physical specimen. As impressive as he was today, I will need to see more of Power Broker before I put him amongst the elite 3 year olds. The talent is there, but he's shown he's vulnerable if things don't go perfectly, and he needs to prove himself beyond 8.5 furlongs.