July 10, 2017
Our clients/friends, John & Jerry Amerman won the Belmont Derby on Saturday @ Belmont Park.
BELMONT DERBY INVITATIONAL S.-GI, $1,200,000, BEL, 7-8, 3yo, 1 1/4mT, 2:00.25, fm.
1--OSCAR PERFORMANCE, 122, r, 3, by Kitten's Joy/Devine Actress (SW, $107,300), by Theatrical (Ire)
TDN Rising Star - O-Amerman Racing LLC; B-Jerry Amerman (KY); T-Brian A. Lynch; J-Jose L. Ortiz. $650,000. Lifetime Record: 8-5-0-0, $1,497,632. *Full to Oscar Nominated, GSW & GISP, $812,195.
2--Called To The Bar (Ire), 122, g, 3, Henrythenavigator/Perfect Hedge (GB)
3--Homesman, 122, c, 3, War Front/-My Annette
Amerman Racing's homebred Oscar Performance took command of the $1.2 million Belmont Derby Invitational (G1T).
Although he encountered trouble at the start, once in the clear the Kitten's Joy ridgling was never seriously threatened the rest of the way en route to a two-length, front-running victory in the 1 1/4-mile test.
Oscar Performance—who won the Pennine Ridge Stakes (G3T) last time out to collect his first victory since the 2016 Breeders' Cup Juvenile Turf (G1T) in November—hit the side of the gate at the start, but rushed up under jockey Jose Ortiz on the inside to set fractions of : 23.96, :49.48, and 1:14.37 through six furlongs..
"He broke slow and I had to chase him the first quarter of a mile, but then in the backside he relaxed real well," Ortiz said. "I backed the pace down a little and he was full of run when I asked him to go."
The mile went in 1:37.35 and the Brian Lynch trainee finished off the distance in 2:00.25 under Ortiz, who piloted Keen Ice to the upset in the Suburban Stakes (G2) one race earlier.
"When he broke a tad slow and (Ortiz) urged him a little bit to run up there and I saw the : 23 and change, I thought, 'I hope it doesn't turn into one of these sort of deals,'" Lynch said. "When the :49 and change came up, I started to grin a little bit, and when I saw the 1:14 and change come up, I broke into a big smile."
By Jeremy Balan t @BH_JBalan