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Laurel Park: Called to Serve pulls away in Broad Brush Stakes
By Marty McGee
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.
Race Fans: Called to Serve was given a 106 Beyer and Sheet number on the way, I am guessing a -2 (thorograph) as his last number was a -3/4. He ate up and is in great shape back at Belmont last night at 11pm. Thanks for all your input, we will keep you posted on what we do next. Whatever it is, he has to be ready in all ways as this last effort was a big step and want to make sure it did not knock him back. We will know in the next couple weeks after he returns to training. Happy New Years to all!
Donn then Pimlico Special ... Then a freshening and a run at the Whitney! A classic path for a 4yo Championship Run!
Marc, I watched the race today. Very impressive, against a house speed horse. He seemed well within himself. Stay east and give the Donn a shot, the horse deserves it. John O
Where else are you going to run him? He's crushed the competition in both of his last races and has been extremely dominant. His last two races have justified the jump up in class and your going to get the leading rider at Gulfstream in Joel Rosario. He seems to be the right horse at the right time. Unless Royal Delta, Mucho Macho Man or Fort Larned run, you'd be crazy not to try as good as this horse looks right now. Best of luck.
He looks like a way different horse since I seen him run out here in SoCal for mr. Hoffmans and Peter Eurton. He looks very good and more mature. Call to Serve is the hot horse right now and if the Donn doesn't come strong would be worth a try and it is a Grade 1. Best of luck with this horse.
Well horse racing fans, should we take him to the Donn in 5 weeks or to the Strub against 4 year olds in 4? A lot of you guys like to Monday night quarter back and as the owner of Called to Serve, let me hear from you now. Thank You, Marc Ferrell
Paid $3.00...Pony was allover him.
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