Hidden Brook raised contenders score big on Florida Derby undercard
Robsham homebreds foaled and raised by Hidden Brook won two stakes races on the Florida Derby undercard Saturday at Gulfstream Park.
Awesome Maria did not disappoint as the 1-10 favorite in capturing the G3 Rampart for the 2nd year in a row. Landing her 6th consecutive graded stakes win, she stalked the early pace before taking control and opening up on the field to win by 2-1/4 lengths.
Piloted by regular rider John Velazquez for trainer Todd Pletcher, the grey mare improves her record to 9 wins in 14 starts and nearly a million in earnings. Defeating champion Royal Delta her previous start in the G3 Sabin, the E Paul Robsham Stables homebred continues to impress.
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Earlier on the day, Travelin Man stalked the early leaders through the final turn before taking over to win by 1/2 a length in the Sir Shackleton Handicap for the Pletcher/Velazquez team.
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