Gronk owned by Mb Stables ran on to take up the lead in the final furlong to win The Best Pal Stakes by a quarter of a length.
Best Pal Stakes – Grade II
8/12/2017. 17:40. DMR. Six and Half Furlongs. Dirt. Graded Stake.
Purse $200.000 For Two Year Olds.
Gronk ran on from second place to take up the lead in the final furlong going on to win The Best Pal Stakes by a quarter of a length from Candy Fusion with Along For The Ride only a nose further back in third.
Time: :223 :452 1:091 1:153
$2 Mutuel Prices:
|11 – Gronk||8.20||4.20||3.50|
|12 – Candy Fusion||6.90||5.00|
|2 – Along For The Ride||28.40|
$1 Exacta: 11 – 12 Paid 78.60
$1 Trifecta: 11 – 12 – 2 Paid 2,003.60
How they ran.
Gronk going close up early racing in second, improved position to take up the lead in the final furlong going on to win by a quarter of a length.
Candy Fusion led the field from the off, challenged and passed in the final furlong dropping back to finish second.
Along For The Ride settled in mid pack, four lengths off the pace, then ran on very strongly getting up to finish third, beaten by half a length.
What Have You Done started in sixth, then improved to race in third, passed in the final furlong dropping back to finish fourth, beaten by half a length.
Commands Fate started in third, eased back to race in fifth, stayed on to dead heat for fifth, beaten by a length.
Walkin Broomstick started in eighth, improved position into fourth, caught in the final furlong to dead heat for fifth, beaten by a length.
Controlled Lion started in fourth, improved position into sixth, passed in the final furlong to finish seventh, beaten a length.
Subutai settled near the rear of the field, six lengths off the pace, ran on down the home stretch to finish eighth, beaten by two lengths.
Grey Dali started in fifth, improved position into fourth, weakened down the home stretch dropping back to finish ninth, beaten by three lengths.
Mayan Astrolog settled at the rear of the field, seven lengths off the pace, ran on down the home stretch getting up to finish tenth, beaten by four lengths.
Balayer La Musique never in the race, started tenth, finished eleventh, beaten by four lengths.
Cadillac Eldorado started in ninth, weakened to finish last of the twelve runners, beaten by six lengths.
Congratulations to Mb Stables.