Mandurah meets Arlington's winner's circle
Darley Stable's Mandurah dictated from gate to wire going a mile-and-one-eighth at Arlington Park on Friday in an allowance race, controlling the pace throughout and drawing away at will in the stretch to win by 5 1/2 lengths while gearing down at the wire under jockey Jesse Campbell.
The 3-year-old colt was saddled by assistant trainer Oliver Costello and was shipped to Arlington from Keeneland after a 59.4 work on June 3rd. He was making his fourth start this year after winning his debut race at Gulfstream Park on January 13th in a Maiden Special Weight going seven furlongs. The A. P. Indy colt has proven himself comfortable coming from off the pace going short or setting the pace going long.
"The race spoke for itself," said Costello. "It looked more like a work than a race and he looked like he could go around again. The jockey said that going into the first turn, he knew he was sitting on a nice horse and that the race was won."
Mandurah was bred in Kentucky by Gainsborough Farm, a subsidiary of Darley America, and is out of the Machiavellian mare Morning Pride.
"Hopefully he will come out of this and go on to bigger and better things," said Costello.