Singanothersong Triumphant In $100,000 Mr. Prospector (G3)
HALLANDALE BEACH, FL– Herman Van Den Broeck’s Singanothersong made a triumphant return to graded stakes competition, sprinting to a 1 ¾-length victory over late-running Fort Loudon in the $100,000 Mr. Prospector (G3) on Saturday at Gulfstream Park.
Trained by Ron Pellegrini, Singanothersong dueled with Star Harbour from the gate to the top of the stretch before putting away the 6-5 favorite and edging clear to hit the wire in 1:09.92 for six furlongs on a main track listed as good.
After setting a pace of 22.36 seconds for a quarter-mile and 44.75 for the half, Star Harbour gave way and wound up third, a length behind Fort Loudon, who sat off the early leaders before making his move.
“We thought [Star Harbour] would be on the lead and we thought we’d just lay off him,” Pellegrini said. “We thought he could take the lead anytime he wanted, and we were pretty confident he would win. It was harder for other people to realize it than us. This is a pretty nice horse.”
Third choice in the field of eight at 4-1, Singanothersong returned $10.80 in winning his second straight race. It was the third start off a six-month layoff for the winner, who had surgery to remove a knee chip that was discovered after he ran third in the Big Drama at Calder on April 27.
“When he came back this year after the operation, now he’s run three bang-up races in a row,” Pellegrini said. “We felt that this would be a good spot for him to run. He’s right here in Florida, and now we’ll just weigh our options and see where we want to go from here.”
The fast fractions didn’t concern Pellegrini or jockey Juan Leyva, who kept Singanothersong close to Star Harbour, a sharp winner of the Sunshine State at Gulfstream on Dec. 8.
“I wanted to make sure [Star Harbour] didn’t get away with easy fractions,” Leyva said. “I knew my horse is a nice horse, and I wanted to give him every chance to win the race. I knew he could do it. The first time I sat on this horse, I loved him.”
Pellegrini was encouraged by the way Singanothersong galloped out after the wire, and believes he can be successful beyond six furlongs. In his career, Singanothersong is 3-2-1 in seven starts at Gulfstream, and 3-3-2 in eight lifetime tries going six-eighths.
“It looked like he had a lot left, and Juan said he had a lot more if he wanted it,” Pellegrini said. “This horse is pretty fast. We’ve worked very hard getting him to rate. Like I told my owner, Herman, I said if I can teach this horse how to rate, believe me, we’re going to have a lot nicer horse than you ever thought we did. Our ultimate goal is to get him to the Breeders’ Cup Sprint (G1) next year. We’re going to pick spots and not over race him and do whatever we can to get him there.”