06/11/2013 10:47PM

DRF Breeding Standout: Integrity earns career-best Beyer with score at Belmont


Robert La Penta’s Integrity gave a career-best effort last Saturday on the Belmont Stakes undercard, pulling away under Joel Rosario to take an optional claiming race by 2 1/4 lengths.

The 3-year-old son of Darley stallion Hard Spun covered seven furlongs on a muddy track in 1:22.12 and earned a personal-best 98 Beyer Speed Figure. Integrity won his debut at Gulfstream in January and then finished second, third, and fourth in his next three races. The third-place effort came in the Fit to Fight Stakes at Aqueduct.

La Penta purchased the dark bay or brown colt via his Whitehorse Stables for $320,000 from Dromoland Farm, as agent at the 2011 Keeneland September yearling sale. Bred by Peter Blum in Kentucky, Integrity is the first foal to race out of the stakes-winning Unbridled’s Song mare Generosity. She is a half-sister to German stakes-placed winner Renderoc.

The colt’s third dam, unraced Miss Golively, by Mr. Prospector, is a half-sister to Grade 1 winner Patches, Grade 2 winner Red Attack, and two other stakes winners. Other notable family members include Grade 2 winners La Spia and Headache.