10/13/2014 6:51PM

Lord Nelson impresses in Speakeasy Stakes

Benoit and Associates
Lord Nelson, with jockey Martin Garcia aboard, wins the Speakeasy Stakes by 6 3/4 lengths Monday.

ARCADIA, Calif. – Lord Nelson left Hall of Fame trainer Bob Baffert anxious for Christmas season after his win in Monday’s $101,000 Speakeasy Stakes at Santa Anita.

Lord Nelson ($3.60) ran six furlongs in 1:09.25 to win his first stakes in the Speakeasy Stakes for 2-year-olds, the colt’s third start. Lord Nelson had an ideal trip under jockey Martin Garcia, racing in third on the backstretch before taking the lead in the stretch.

“I was very comfortable,” Garcia said. “He had a really good trip around there.”

Lord Nelson pulled away through the stretch to win by 6 3/4 lengths over 18-1 Sebastian’s Heart.

“He’s bred to go farther,” Baffert said.

By Pulpit, Lord Nelson was fourth in the Grade 1 FrontRunner Stakes for 2-year-olds over 1 1/16 miles on Sept. 27, a loss that eliminated him from consideration for the Breeders’ Cup Juvenile at Santa Anita on Nov. 1.

Instead, Baffert is hopeful that Lord Nelson can run in the Grade 1 Los Alamitos Futurity on Dec. 20, a race formerly run as the CashCall Futurity at Hollywood Park.

“We’re looking down the road,” Baffert said. “He kind of needed that race in the FrontRunner. He got a little tired that day. He’ll get better with age.”

Story to Tell, the winner of the Willard Proctor Memorial Stakes at Los Alamitos in July, finished third in the Speakeasy, followed by Bluegrass Sight, Grand Full Moon, All Indians, Tizcano, Social Request, and Outdated.

Lord Nelson races for Peachtree Stable. The colt was purchased for $340,000 at the 2013 Keeneland September yearling sale. Lord Nelson beat maidens in his debut at Del Mar on July 19 and has earned $123,000.