Noble Indy Passes Two-Turn Test at Gulfstream
Jan 11, 2018
HALLANDALE BEACH, FL
- Repole Stable and WinStar Farm’s Noble Indy ran his record to 2-for-2 Thursday at Gulfstream Park, scoring in his first start around two turns in the featured ninth race, a 1 1/16-mile optional claiming allowance for 3-year-olds.
Ridden by John Velazquez, the Todd Pletcher-trained colt finished three-quarters of a length ahead of Mississippi as the 4-5 favorite, following up an impressive 8 ¾-length triumph in a seven-furlong maiden test at Gulfstream Dec. 3.
“I thought it was a big effort. You’re always concerned making your first start against winners, some pretty well-thought-of horses in the race, and stretching out around two turns,” Pletcher said. “I though he did everything we’d want him to do.”
Mississippi set the pace under Julien Leparoux, posting fractions of 23.82 (seconds), 47.33 and 1:11.27 for six furlongs while being pressed by Noble Indy, who inched away through the stretch. Tip Sheet finished a distant third under Emisael Jaramillo.
Noble Indy ran 1 1/16 miles in 1:42.52 after behaving much more professionally in the starting gate than he did in his debut.
“We’ve been working on it. I thought he improved. He was actually great in the (saddling) enclosure. Then when we got out in the walking ring he got up on his toes a little bit,” Pletcher said. “I didn’t have any issues with that. I thought he handled himself well in the gate. Johnny said when he made the lead, he idled a bit. Hopefully, there’s more to come.”
Pletcher said a stakes start would likely be next for the son of Take Charge Indy.