Lope de Vega Colt ‘Holes Out’ In GP Finale, Earns a ‘Rising Star’

Pounded into 1-5 favoritism off a big-figure runner-up debut effort behind the very impressive Far Bridge (English Channel) in an 8 1/2-furlong maiden over this course Jan. 21 eFive Racing’s CARL SPACKLER (IRE) (c, 3, Lope de Vega {Ire}–Zindaya, by More Than Ready) ‘teed it up’ exiting the far turn and won Saturday’s Gulfstream finale by a margin as great as the distance from Hallandale Beach to the fictitious Bushwood Country Club to become a no-brainer ‘TDN Rising Star’. Alertly into stride from gate eight, the blaze-faced chestnut secured a good spot from fourth, one off the fence and in touch with a decent pace ahead of him. Given his cue fully three furlongs from home, the 350,000gns Tattersalls October buyback inhaled the front-runners while under a Jose Ortiz hold and accelerated away smartly to score in an effort that will grade out well above ‘par.’ Sales history: 350,000gns RNA Ylg ’21 TATOCT. O-eFive Racing Thoroughbreds; B-Fifth Avenue Bloodstock; T-Chad Brown.

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