Avery Island did little running in his debut sprinting at Saratoga Aug. 19 before stretching out to a mile and a sixteenth at Belmont Sept. 30 and running away in the stretch to a 5 1/4 length score in gate-to-wire fashion. The Godolphin homebred has some champion pedigree on his dam’s side. His second dam, Isola Piu Bella (Chi) (Rich Man’s Gold), was Chilean Horse of the Year in 2004, winning four Group 1’s as a juvenile and 3-year-old.
With Joe Bravo back aboard, the bay broke alertly and went to the front along side first-out winner Under the Graydar (Graydar). Those two set moderate early fractions of 23.66 and :47 flat through the first half mile with Super Sermon (Street Sense) sitting the stalking trip just two lengths off the leaders. Avery Island began to kick clear at the quarter-pole with 4-5 favorite Aveenu Malcainu (Into Mischief) breathing down his neck after gaining momentum and going four wide on the turn. He was able to hold off that challenge and find another gear to pull away in the final stages to score at odds of 2-1, covering the mile in 1:37.58. Super Sermon rerallied up the rail to beat out Aveenu Malcainu to complete the exacta.
The winner’s dam, Kinda Spicy (A.P. Indy), has a yearling colt by Street Sense and a weanling colt by Ghostzapper.