Hidden Brook Farm Foaled & Sold Mr. Money Cashes in Pat Day Mile (G3)

Sunday, May 5, 2019

Allied Racing Stable's Mr. Money provided a 7-1 upset on the Kentucky Derby undercard when he romped to victory in the Pat Day Mile S. (G3), cruising under the wire 5 1/4 lengths ahead of runner-up Hog Creek Hustle.

Ridden by Gabriel Saez for trainer Bret Calhoun, the 3-year-old son of Goldencents blitzed a mile over Churchill Downs' fast main track in 1:35.21. The colt (pictured with his dam Plenty O'Toole) was foaled at Hidden Brook Farm for breeders Spruce Lane Farm.

Meanwhile, even-money favorite Instagrand pressed the pace and faded to finish eighth.

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“He was a little bit more forward than By My Standards (a Kentucky Derby entrant also owned by Allied Racing) over the winter,” Calhoun explained. "We thought we had a great plan for him during the winter. We freshened him after the Breeders' Cup and he was doing really good coming into the Lecomte at Fair Grounds. He got a temperature the night before and missed that race. We thought we got him back on track quickly and it seemed like he was going into the next race really good. Two days before that race he trained phenomenally well. The day before he wasn't quite the same and he got cast in his stall the night before. Nothing major, just a scratch on his hip and it didn't appear like there was anything wrong. But something wasn't quite right that day.

“In the Louisiana Derby, he ran a good race, didn't have a perfect trip. But he got up here and he's trained phenomenally well. We thought the Pat Day Mile would suit him. I don't know how far he wants to go but based on the way he ran today, I don't think going a little farther is going to stop him.”

Both Instagrand and Mr Money Bag, ridden by Chris Landeros, were quick out of the starting gate, but racing down the chute Mr Money Bags kicked away to lead by 2 1/2 lengths through a first quarter in :22.21. Mr Money Bags stayed out near the center of the track down the backstretch, allowing Manny Wah and Dunph to come up his inside and prompt the pace. Mr. Money and Everfast were in close behind the leading trio, in line with Instagrand to mark the half-mile in :45.42.

Rounding the turn, Saez found a seam for Mr. Money between horses and sent him on through. The colt responded and made the lead before straightening into the lane, then kicked away convincingly down the stretch to win by 5 1/4 lengths. Hog Creek Hustle went wide and held second, while Dream Maker found his way up to finish third. Captain Von Trapp checked in fourth, and the favorite Instagrand was eighth.

“It was a good race for him,” said Saez. “He was finally able to get it back together again. I couldn't have a better trip than that. Saving ground for later, I split horses turning for home and, man, the minute he was free, he explodes. He finished really well, and handled the track, and got the job done. He's been doing fabulous, day by day, week by week. He's been coming along, and I was just really happy with him today, and thought he would run a big race, and he did, he did.”

Bred in Kentucky by Spruce Lane Farm, Mr. Money was a $130,000 yearling at the Keeneland September sale. The lightly-raced colt won his second race from seven starts in the Pat Day, adding to a pair of seconds to increase his earnings to over $400,000.

- edited from www.paulickreport.com