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Sadler’s Joy Returns a Thrilling Winner in $200,000 Mac Diarmida (G2)

Mar 3, 2018
HALLANDALE BEACH, FL – Woodslane Farm homebred Grade 1 winner Sadler’s Joy, racing for the first time in 17 weeks, came with a dramatic rush through the stretch to catch pacesetting One Go All Go and complete a last-to-first run in Saturday’s $200,000 Mac Diarmida (G2) at Gulfstream Park.

The 23rd running of the 1 3/8-mile Mac Diarmida for 4-year-olds and up on the turf was the eighth of nine stakes, eight graded, worth $1.5 million on a blockbuster 14-race program anchored by the $400,000 Fountain of Youth (G2), marking the sophomore debut of 2017 juvenile male champion Good Magic.

Sadler’s Joy ($5.80), the 9-5 favorite in a field of 12 ridden by Julien Leparoux for trainer Tom Albertrani, covered a firm turf course in 2:12.93 for his third career graded-stakes and first since the Sword Dancer (G1) last August. He also captured the 1 ½-mile Pan American (G2) last April at Gulfstream.

Stubborn 12-1 longshot One Go All Go, beaten less than two lengths in the Gulfstream Park Turf (G1) last out, was second by three-quarters of a length. It was another three-quarters back to show finisher Nessy, who emerged from a three-way photo a neck ahead of Oscar Nominated and Markitoff.

Leparoux was unhurried on Sadler’s Joy in the early going, dropping back to trail the field from Post 1 as One Go All Go was comfortable up front through fractions of 24.06 seconds, 48.48, 1:13.41 and 1:36.96. Leparoux swung Sadler’s Joy to the extreme outside around the far turn and steadily gained ground down the stretch to get up late.

Albertrani also won the Mac Diarmida with Twilight Eclipse in 2014.

$200,000 Mac Diarmida (G2) Quotes

Trainer Tom Albertrani (Sadler’s Joy): “It was kind of the same old running style with him. He makes you sweat it out for two minutes. He doesn’t really pick up his feet from the time they leave the gate. He finally picks up the pieces late. He has such a strong kick. He really turns the motor on.”

“We kind of did the same thing last year. We came back a little earlier for the McKnight, but I felt like there’s no pressure to bring him back early. There’s a lot to look forward to this spring and summer. We thought we’d run here and maybe the Pan American [G2, March 31], maybe. We’ll just see how he comes out of this and how he trains.”

Jockey Julien Leparoux (Sadler’s Joy): “The plan was to break a little bit better, but he just broke slow, so I just kind of bided my time with him and saved ground around the first two turns. He had his usual kick that he does in the end, so he ran a big race today. I was patient with him. I had so much horse at the end, I just wanted to make him finish and he did great.”

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