Analyze It Remains Undefeated With Easy Transylvania Victory

William H. Lawrence’s Analyze It never looked anything less than the victor in Friday afternoon’s Grade 3 Transylvania Stakes at Keeneland, settling just off the pace and storming home to a 5 1/4-length triumph at odds of 4-5. The 3-year-old son of Point of Entry, ridden by Jose Ortiz, covered 1 1/16 miles over the yielding turf course in 1:45.60. Unraced since November, Analyze It has now won all three of his lifetime starts for trainer Chad Brown.

“But when you have a horse that’s supposed to be that much the best, another way to look at it is you can stay out of trouble that way,” Brown said. “I have a great jockey on the horse (Jose Ortiz) and my team’s done a terrific job with this horse. It’s a really good win for the home team. This horse was raised just miles from here at Mill Ridge Farm. (He’s a) Keeneland sale grad. Pete Bradley, who bought the horse for us, has a big business here in Lexington so I feel it’s a huge win for the home team.”

Leaving from the outermost stall in the field of 12 sophomores, Analyze It demonstrated his adjustability by briefly turning on, then back off to gain a good position crossing under the wire for the first time. He ended up just two paths off the rail in about fifth around the first turn.

Winging away out front, Beer Pressure led with a six-length advantage through mild fractions of :24.30, :48.83 and 1:15.21. Approaching the far turn, the field began to catch up to that leader, the closest being Dragon Drew and Tap Daddy. Analyze It coolly moved up into third, angling out to the three-path, and he and Dragon Drew were on even terms as they turned for home.

Though he darted toward the rail sharply while changing leads, Analyze It drew off convincingly down the stretch to win under wraps by 5 1/4 lengths. Captivating Moon was up late from the back of the field to finish second, while Admiralty Pier just nosed out Dragon Drew for third. Maraud finished fifth.

“Chad drew (a plan) perfect for me,” Ortiz said. “He said hopefully two or three horses would go and you can sit tight, third or fourth. And that’s what I did. (Analyze It) relaxed very well. The fast pace helped me a lot. When I asked him to go, he went so well, so smooth. He’s a really, really nice horse.”

Bred in Kentucky by P. Headley Bell, Nancy Bell and NATO, Analyze It was a $130,000 yearling at the Keeneland September sale. He then brought $190,000 at OBS in March, and made his first start a winning one at Belmont Park in October. In November, the colt dominated the G3 Cecil B. DeMille Mile at Del Mar by 4 1/4 lengths. Overall, his three-for-three record boasts earnings of just under $200,000.

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