The 19th Running of the Grant Stakes
Saturday, November 19, 2022
DMR Race #5 $100.000
CA-Bred 3+ 121/124 Lbs (plus penalties) 7-Furlongs
Course Record-1:19.77 (Alpha Ultimo-2007)
Stakes Record-1:21.40 (Prato Gentile-2021)
1st: #7 First Down Dash (Axeman/D. Van Dyke 124): Broke with the stalking flight, between runners. Moved a bit closer through the opening quarter while still racing in the two-path. Engaged the leader rounding the bend before assuming command at the top of the lane. Finished under a drive to prevail by a length.
2nd: #6 Palace Guard (Fractious/V. Espinoza 123): Broke between runners in midpack. Moved-up rounding the turn. Had to move to the four-path and then six-wide for clear run. Finished strongly to just nab the photo for the place.
3rd: #5 House Command (The Sidley Stud/M.E. Smith 121): Soon found the rail while racing 4th early. Moved-off the rail rounding the bend. Got clear run at the top of the lane but couldn’t hold the place in a good effort.
First Down Dash now stands 33-11-7-1 with earnings of $516.120. Congratulations to him and Axeman on their victory in the $100.000 Grant Stakes at DMR!