HALLANDALE BEACH, FL -- Herman Van Den Broeck's Singanothersong has been sent to the sidelines by illness and injury on a number of occasions during the past few years, compromising a most promising career that includes a runner-up finish in the Swale (G2) and a victory in the Mr. Prospector (G3) in 2013.
The 5-year-old son of Songandaprayer finally had something go his way Saturday -- a stewards decision that awarded him first place in the $75,000 Bonita Stakes at Gulfstream Park.
Singanothersong and Do the Roar, a pair of flashy gray horses, hooked up in a protracted stretch duel in the five-furlong turf sprint before the graded-stakes winner ended up finishing second by a neck behind a horse that had defeated $12,500 claimers two starts back. However, the stewards quickly posted an inquiry and determined that Do the Roar had impeded Singanothersong's outside bid by drifting out through the stretch.
Following the stewards ruling, the Ron Pellegrini-trained Singanothersong visited the winner's circle for the first time since winning the Mr. Prospector on Dec. 28, 2013.
"I feel great. As a 3-year-old, after running second in the Swale (G2), he chipped his left knee. After he won the Mr. Prospector (G3), he chipped his right knee. Then, he didn't want to sweat," Pellegrini said. "I'm just glad to see him win again."
Singanothersong, who earned $44,640 for his fifth victory at 8-1 odds, pressed the pace three-wide outside Noble Prince and Do the Roar along the backstretch and around the turn. Do the Roar and Singanothersong moved away from the tiring pacesetter at the top of the stretch and waged their battle to the wire. Do the Roar, an 11-1 shot ridden by Ramsey Zimmerman, was placed second. Successful Native, the 11-10 favorite ridden by Juan Leyva, finished third following an extremely wide journey, two lengths farther back. The five-furlong distance was negotiated in 55.87 seconds.
Singanothersong was ridden by Emisael Jaramillo, the champion Venezuelan jockey who ventured to Gulfstream Park earlier in the month.
Prior to establishing himself as a graded-stakes winner on dirt, Singanothersong had run on turf on only one previous occasion -- a second-place finish in a mile allowance at Gulfstream Park West on Nov. 21, 2012.
"Going a mile he ran 22 (seconds) 44-and-change, 1:21. They ran a mile in 1:34 flat and he got beat two lengths. He really doesn't want to go that far," Pellegrini said. "He worked five-eighths in 58 (seconds) on turf last year, so we knew he could run on grass."
Singanothersong also handled the heat, something he hadn't been able to do the past few years.
"Early this year he had colic real bad. They almost thought he wouldn't make it. When we sent him to the clinic, he came out of it," Pellegrini said. "When he came back from the clinic, he started sweating again."
It's a good thing, too, because Singanothersong and his trainer had to sweat out the stewards' decision Saturday before claiming victory.