Wednesday, December 14, 2016

Neolithic Romps in Gulfstream Allowance

Neolithic rolled to a very fast victory in Gulfstream's feature race on Wednesday, setting himself up for a possible spot in the inaugural $12 million Pegasus World Cup (Grade 1) that will  be run at Gulfstream on Jan. 28.

Neolithic won by nine lengths over Kismet's Heels in the 1 1/16 mile dirt allowance with a $43,000  purse.

Ridden by Javier Castellano, the 3-year-old colt won in 1:41.58--one of the fastest times ever for 1 1/16 miles on dirt at Gulfstream.

Social  Inclusion set the track record of 1:40.97 on March 12, 2014,

Todd Pletcher trains Neolithic for Starlight Racing, which has spent $1 million to buy one of the 12 starting spots in the Pegasus.

Jack Wolf, managing partner of Starlight Racing, said following Wednesday's race that he was impressed sufficiently to consider Neolithic  a candidate for the Pegasus World Cup.

“Yeah, I think so, and at the very least the AE spot in the $400,000 race on the undercard,” Wolf said, “if he comes out of it in good order.”

The undercard race  will be the first running of the $400,000 Poseidon.  That  ungraded race also will be  1 1/8 miles on dirt.
--Jim Freer

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