Core Beliefs Takes New Orleans Handicap Off The Layoff

Unraced since finishing fifth in last year’s G1 Pennsylvania Derby, Gary Broad’s Core Beliefs made a strong impression in his 2019 debut to win Saturday’s G2 New Orleans Handicap. The 4-year-old son of Quality Road, ridden by Florent Geroux for trainer Peter Eurton, covered nine furlongs over the Fair Grounds fast main track in 1:51.36. Core Beliefs was sent off at odds of 9-1, and defeated Silver Dust and Lone Sailor by three-quarters of a length.

Noble Indy and Mr. Buff were quick out of the starting gate, dueling through a first quarter in :23.56 while tracked by Core Beliefs in third position. Core Beliefs was traveling in the two-path just outside of Bandua, then moved out wider on the course to avoid the kickback down the backstretch. Noble Indy eased the pace back a bit to mark the half-mile in :47.26 and three-quarters in 1:12.15.

As Mr. Buff dropped back, Core Beliefs went three-wide to challenge the leading Noble Indy around the far turn. Silver Dust was tracking Core Beliefs around the field, and tried to take on the new leader at the top of the stretch. Core Beliefs wandered around a bit under Geroux, but got down to business in the final sixteenth of a mile and held on to win by three-quarters of a length. Silver Dust held second over the late-running Lone Sailor while Bandua finished fourth.

Bred in Kentucky by Thomas Young, Core Beliefs was a $350,000 juvenile purchase at the Barretts March sale. The colt broke his maiden in his third start, then finished third in the Santa Anita Derby. He also won the G3 Ohio Derby in 2018, and the New Orleans improved Core Beliefs’ overall record to 3-1-3 from nine starts for earnings of over $850,000.

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