2nd-Horseshoe Indianapolis, $34,000, Msw, 5-15, 2yo, 4 1/2f, :52.90, ft, 2 lengths.
LAUGH NOW (c, 2, Vino Rosso–Little Pao, by Tiznow) had the last laugh here, and broke his maiden as well as tallied the first victory as a sire for Vino Rosso (by Curlin). The stallion also had the third place finisher Zaino in the Royal Palm Juvenile S., a qualifier for Royal Ascot. Eighth last out at Keeneland Apr. 27 after breaking inward and tiring on that unveiling, conditioner John Ennis armed his colt with a pair of first-time blinkers here, and the 2-1 shot did not disappoint. Dueling briefly with firster Untroubled (World of Trouble) before drawing away from that challenger, the bay held firm over his early shadow by two lengths on the wire in :52.90 for the trip.
The second to the races for a young mare, Laugh Now is her last registered foal thus far, though the mare did visit Goldencents for 2023. Dam Little Pao is a half-sister to SW Carson City Babe (Carson City)–herself dam of SP Monster Wave (Stormy Atlantic); SW Pressed (Chester House); stakes-placed Silver Indy (Silver Charm) and Court Mischief (Empire Maker); and the dam of SP Diva Treva (Outwork). This is the extended female family of GSW Cinco Charlie (Indian Charlie) and at least five other Graded stakes winners. Sales history: $39,000 RNA Wlg ’21 KEENOV; $20,000 Ylg ’22 KEESEP. Lifetime Record: 2-1-0-0, $21,400. Click for the Equibase.com chart.
O-Noriega, Hayden, Arnold, Mark, 47 Roses, LLC and Selima Holdings, LLC; B-BF Bloodstock (Pam Robinson) (KY); T-John Ennis.
#5 LAUGH NOW ($6.40) goes wire to wire in race 2 at Horseshoe Indianapolis.
The son of Vino Russo was ridden by Marcelino Pedroza, Jr. and is trained by John Ennis.
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