Offering Plan Tops Field for $100,000 Awad Stakes at Belmont
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Fri 24/10/2014 - 14:25 EDT
On Sunday at Belmont Park, a field of eight two-year-olds will take to the turf in the 2nd edition of the $100,000 Awad Stakes. The one mile contest will be run on the Widener Turf Course and has two additional horses entered for the main track only.
Topping the field at morning line odds of 2-1 is Offering Plan for turf-specialist trainer Chad Brown. Bred in New York, the two-year-old son of Spring at Last was purchased for $135,000 in April. He made his debut a winning one against state-bred competition on the turf at Saratoga and followed that up with a third-place effort in the Pilgrim (G3) last time out. Irad Ortiz, Jr. will be aboard for the first time from post seven.
Vision Perfect a top threat on the front end
Vision Perfect has been tabbed at 7-2 on the morning line for owner and breeder Robert Spiegel. A son of Pollard’s Vision trained by David Donk, the dark bay colt broke his maiden in his second career start after a roughly run debut effort. He was second, beaten a length after setting the pace, in the Pilgrim (G3) last time out. Regular rider Manuel Franco will remain aboard and they will break from the outside.
Well-bred Gustnado making stakes debut
Trainer Bill Mott will saddle Gustnado at morning line odds of 5-1 with Joel Rosario in the irons from post position nine. The dark bay colt, a $285,000 yearling, is by Smart Strike out of a half-sister to Kentucky Derby winner Fusaichi Pegasus. After a fourth-place finish in his debut, he broke his maiden last time out in his second career start with a one-length score at Belmont Park on the turf. He will be trying winners for the first time.
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