06/28/2013 10:23PM

Prairie Meadows: Gentlemen's Bet outruns Delaunay in Iowa Sprint

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Gentlemen's Bet, with substitute rider David Mello aboard, wins the Iowa Sprint.

Travel problems prevented jockey Robby Albarado from making it to Prairie Meadows in time to ride lightly raced 4-year-old Gentlemen’s Bet in Friday night's $125,000 Iowa Sprint. Albarado’s absence gave David Mello the opportunity to pick up the mount. Mello made the most of his chance by guiding Gentlemen’s Bet to victory over 1-5 favorite Delaunay.

Delaunay, who had won six straight races dating back to  last September, including the Grade 2 Churchill Downs last time out, bumped rival Credit Report coming out of the gate and was last at the start in the field of five. But jockey Rosie Napravnik had Delaunay in position to win turning for home. Delaunay and Gentlemen’s Bet ($5.80) raced together through midstretch, and Delaunay's head was in front with a furlong remaining. But in the final 70 yards, Gentlemen’s Bet spurted clear. He finished 1 3/4 lengths in front while completing six furlongs in 1:09.51. Locally based Credit Report finished third.

“I was told to ride with confidence,” said Mello, referring to trainer Ron Moquett, who won two of the three six-figure stakes on the program. “The horse ran a good race.”

It was the first stakes victory for Gentlemen’s Bet, who is now 5 for 6 lifetime. His only loss came when he was third in the Grade 3 Count Fleet in April at Oaklawn Park. Gentlemen’s Bet is a son of Half Ours owned by Harry Rosenblum.

aaronrayk More than 1 year ago
Hope he rebounds.
Bill Sadoo More than 1 year ago
I caught the race just after the break. Watching the head-on the collision Delaunay had with the horse to his outside would have definitely shaken him up a bit. Watch his head bounce off of his rival. That being said he ran a gutsy race and will be ready to roll this summer and fall.
LogicRules55 More than 1 year ago
Delaunay was beaten 1¾ lengths after spotting the field between 2½ - 3 lengths at the break. In all 6 of his 6-Furlong races in the past year (including the 3 previous times ridden by Rosie) he's never had to make up ground given away at the break. Although a great sprinter in great form, he doesn't have the ability to spot a horse like Gentlemen's Bet that kind of lead and be successful. Two great sprinters I look forward to watching in the future.
DavidC More than 1 year ago
Well, as I said in my previous comment before the race that Delauney was a vulnerable favorite and that he'll probably come up short due to the past races, it's taking it's toll on the champion sprinter. Gentlemen's Bet was apart of my waging favorites to upset the champion sprinter. Delauney, needs rest now!
J.L. Boey More than 1 year ago
who's the champion sprinter?
Big Jeff More than 1 year ago
Your crystal ball forsaw the troubled star? impressive. especially in a five horse field.
Dan Monroe More than 1 year ago
Races are not taking any toll at all. These animals were bred to run. The horse has been in great form. Amazing that you were able to predict the poor start which is why he lost. You must be one heck of a handicapper. Way to go!
Eric Rickard More than 1 year ago
Gentlemen's Bet is indeed a top notch runner. Delauney is also. Consistency is the key. Did not win but was their. Gentlemens only loss was a third in a gr 3. This is consistency. I hope they can keep it up.
aaronrayk More than 1 year ago
there*
jon g More than 1 year ago
Why would anyone bet Rosie at 1/5 ? Either play GB or sit race out. She's so overated.
BNastanovich More than 1 year ago
Delaunay may have lost the race at the start.
Wayne Haehner More than 1 year ago
Big race by the winner--the slight bump was irrelevant--Delaunay clearly didn't bring his A game--hats off to the winner
LogicRules55 More than 1 year ago
The "slight bump" which cost him a couple lengths at the start absolutely lost the race. Gentlemen's Bet, however, is most definitely top notch. Delauney would have been able to overcome the start had there not been someone the caliber of Gentlemen's Bet in the race.
Marc Estrich More than 1 year ago
Start definitely hurt as did the fact Delaunay ran the entire length of the stretch on his incorrect left lead. Alydar, Arazi in BC Juv., Proud Truth in BC Classic got away with it but it doesn't help any.