05/03/2014 3:17PM

Global View finishes strong to win American Turf by a neck

Barbara D. Livingston
Global View finished down the center of the course to win by a neck in the American Turf Stakes on the Kentucky Derby undercard Saturday at Churchill Downs.

LOUISVILLE, Ky. - Global View finished best of all down the center of the course, wearing down Storming Inti in the final strides to register a neck victory in Saturday’s $250,000 American Turf at Churchill Downs. 

Gary Stevens was aboard Global View for the first time since guiding the lightly raced 3-year-old to his maiden win last fall at Santa Anita and gave the son of Galilleo a perfect ride. Global View was unhurried early off a contentious pace with Storming Inti forcing the early pace of Craftsman. Stevens gave Global View his cue once settling on the second turn, the pair advancing to closer contention turning for home before angling well outside and running down the leader nearing the wire. Storming Inti disposed of Craftsman after six furlongs, edged clear in early stretch, held gamely, but could not last.

Quotient steadied along early while racing in behind the early leaders, remained prominent into the stretch, but lacked a closing response, finishing another 2 1/4 lengths behind Storming Inti. Picozza, the tepid 3-1 favorite in a field of 10 3-year-olds, retired after six furlongs and finished seventh.  Big Bazinga was scratched earlier in the day.

Global View is owned by Glen Hill Farm and trained by Tom Proctor. He covered 1 1/16 miles in 1:41.65 over the firm course to post his first Grade 2 win. Global View also captured the Grade 3 Generous at Hollywood Park in his 2-year-old finale. He paid $14.

“It’s really good when there’s not a horse within a length or two of you the first half-mile of the race. It means a lot,” said Proctor. “There was enough speed in there and everything. I might have made a mistake running him last time at Keeneland after the [Transylvania Stakes] came off the turf, but I just wanted to get him a race because we were pointing for this one.”