12/31/2012 5:26PM

Laurel Park: Called to Serve pulls away in Broad Brush Stakes

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Jim McCue/Maryland Jockey Club
Called to Serve wins the $125,000 Broad Brush Stakes by 5 3/4 lengths.

Coming off a romping victory in the Grade 3 Discovery Handicap in his latest start, Called to Serve was heavily favored Monday in the $125,000 Broad Brush Stakes at Laurel Park.

The 3-year-old gelding did not disappoint, pulling away late under Joel Rosario and returning $3 to his many backers.

Owned by Marc Ferrell and based in New York with trainer Nick Canani, Called to Serve reeled in front-running Eighttofasttocatch after turning for home in the 1 1/8-mile race and went on to his fourth triumph from 11 career starts. He finished the 1 1/8-mile distance in 1:50.78 over a fast main track.

Eighttofasttocatch, the 2-1 second choice, held second, 5 3/4 lengths behind the winner and another five lengths before Hughes Next. A field of seven 3-year-olds and up started after Norman Asbjornson and Hello Lover were early scratches.

Called to Serve, by Afleet Alex, was based in Southern California with two different trainers before coming to Canani this fall. He was beaten just a nose in an overnight stakes in October at Belmont Park in his first start for Canani, then got his first stakes score when taking the Nov. 17 Discovery by nearly five lengths in his next out.

The $2 exacta (1-8) paid a mere $7.60.