10/12/2014 5:38PM

Constitution fourth in comeback at 2-5 odds

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Making his first start since winning the Florida Derby, and his first start since a hairline fracture knocked him off the Triple Crown trail, Constitution suffered the first loss of his career when fourth in Sunday’s eighth race at Belmont Park.

The overwhelming favorite at 2-5 against five rivals in an optional claimer, Constitution, trained by Todd Pletcher, recovered from a stumbling start to set a pressured pace for six furlongs while headstrong, but gave way through the lane to wind up fourth behind Easter Gift ($8.70), St Moose,  and Spa City Fever, beaten 1 1/2 lengths.

Easter Gift, who had been walloped by better than 30 lengths in two starts this year for Chad Brown, surged late outside to nip St Moose by a head, and ran 1 1/16 miles in 1:43.69 on a good  main track.

Ray Sousa More than 1 year ago
so what else is new in new york...a 2/5 shot who beat TONALIST comes out stumbling and doesn't hit the board against a field of cripples. I know all the usual excuses he was coming off a layoff he stumbled he wasn't fully cranked he was rank he needed the race etc,..but the fact the horse that won had been beaten a combined 30 lenghts in his last two starts..against weaker. I've been around ling enough to know that bad favorites get beat but CONSTTUTION should at least have hit the board even if he had a bad cold and a hoof tied behind his back.
jusonemoretweet More than 1 year ago
Graded Stakes winner/placed Pletcher horse coming off a long layoff and entered in a allowance race....go to the window as a bet against!
anna villafane More than 1 year ago
These horses are flesh and bones. They are not machines that you can wind them up or program to specifications. Horses coming off a long lay off are always an iffy bet no matter how good they look in the morning trials.
D'Funnybone More than 1 year ago
Why do you sound like an apologist for Constitution? Stop with the flesh and bones stuff, we know that. If the horse was short on training, so be it, but usually, this barn has them ready to run. The horse(or his connections) doesn't need for you to be their excuse makers. He is(was?) a talented horse who beat similarly talented horses in a premier race for three year olds earlier this year. We wager OUR money and spend a lot of time researching and handicapping these races. We(meaning horseplayers and gamblers) don't need a lesson in humanity, thank you. Why do you think this article was written in the first place? If some racing fans and horseplayers want to vent or give our point of view on the said contest, we don't have to be reminded that the horses are from flesh and bones. So was that steak you ate last week, or those Buffalo wings you devoured at that party. Enough.
Thomas Cook More than 1 year ago
Maybe the strangle hold the jock had on him wasn't ro his liking? Maybe Pletcher didn't drill this colt like his others leading up to the race? Could have been a total prep? Maybe Belmont sand was uncomfortable? Who knows. Next start, if there is one, will tell.
Chad mc rory More than 1 year ago
Whole worktab and race itself look off. Did you notice Bill Gates bought that farm in Cali?
Lawrence MacSelwiney More than 1 year ago
The stumble, the surface the weather, who knows. I know one thing. The Gulfstream horses from from last winter and early spring have been great bet against.
rahman Williams More than 1 year ago
Breaking News Stud Fee set at 20k
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Don't know why pletcher didn't just wait and start him fresh at gulfstream next year. I'm guessing he was gonna take a shot at the cigar mile with this horse maybe and this was a prep for that???? This race was a weird spot to put constitution otherwise.
TRacingLifeMore More than 1 year ago
Constitution always starts slowly. His family seems to not like starting from the gate (sister Jacaranda also broke slowly in her debut).
Alex More than 1 year ago
He will be retired shortly, Elliot Walden has no interest in Win Stars horses actually racing, he wants them retired asap. He already has talked about Carpe Diem being a stallion.
Bob More than 1 year ago
So he is the reason the sport is collapsing
gowanusbaseball More than 1 year ago
That's why he ran Drosselmeyer for a full year and a half after he won the Belmont.
Alex More than 1 year ago
Drosselmeyer ran the extra year because no one had any interest in breeding to him at the time. Don't let facts get in the way of your sarcastic buffoonery.
anna villafane More than 1 year ago
It was a good effort by Constitution. If he comes out of the race in good order, he should move up next time. This was the time to bet against him if you were looking for a good score.
Jaime Dubyna More than 1 year ago
He is still a head case.
genewashington1 More than 1 year ago
There was nothing in the race for him to beat and he couldn't get it done. Back to the farm.
mike More than 1 year ago
So is alot of individuals
teamstaff81 More than 1 year ago
how was that a good effort
D'Funnybone More than 1 year ago
Maybe it was a good effort if he was a marginally talented horse, but for a Grade I winner, who's comeback race was against marginally talented horses, it was a disappointing effort, at best. It was a disappointment not because he lost, but the way he did lose. I'm sure Pletcher and company viewed this start as nothing more than a public workout.