Incriminate one tick off turf record at Hollywood Park
Darley Stable's Incriminate nearly equaled the track record for six furlongs on the turf course on Veteran's Day at Hollywood Park after rating at the back of the field under jockey Brice Blanc. The 3-year-old gray broke sharply, but was taken back at the start. He was still in seventh position at the top of the stretch when Blanc asked for his run and gained the lead in mid-stretch. He held on to win by a head at the wire and stopped the clock at 1:07.4, just one tick off the track record.
The Unbridled Song son needs his own exercise rider in the morning. Sergio Resendez gallops and works the headstrong colt. He has been difficult to rate in his past races. He broke his maiden in his debut race at Saratoga in August of last year going six furlongs. He had been on or near the lead in all of his subsequent races, without success, until last month at Oak Tree when Blanc was the first jockey who was able to get him to relax and rate at the rear of the field in a 6 1/2 furlong race down the hill. He ran his best race to finish third that day since breaking his maiden. Blanc repeated that ride today and brought the colt into the winner's circle.
"He turned around once we took him off the pace," said trainer Eoin Harty. "I give all the credit to Brice for getting him to relax. He found a whole new lease on life since we took him off the pace."
Incriminate was bred in Kentucky by Classicstar and was purchased at the 2005 Keeneland September Yearling Sale for $1.5 million. He is out of the Rollin On Over mare Roll Over Baby.