Pletcher Springs The Upset With Prince Lucky In Easy Goer

It isn’t often that a horse trained by Todd Pletcher and ridden by John Velazquez goes off at double-digit odds. Kicking off the stakes action on Saturday’s Belmont Stakes card, the high-percentage pair teamed up to send 14-1 Prince Lucky to a neck victory in the $150,000 Easy Goer Stakes. A 3-year-old son of Corinthian, whose only prior stakes win had come against his fellow Pennsylvania-breds, Daniel McConnell’s homebred beat out Rugbyman and Dark Vader at the wire to complete 1 1/16 miles over the fast track in 1:41.41. The 7-5 favorite Mask finished fourth.

“He had a very good work last week and we decided he was in sharp form and that we would take a shot,” Pletcher said. “The trip at Pimlico [third in the Sir Barton on May 19] is a little hard to analyze because of the fog and conditions, but we felt like we maybe over rated him a little in terms of him taking too much of a hold of him. I told Johnny [Velazquez], ‘Anything he is offering on his own, let him have it.’”

Breaking The Rules stumbled a bit at the start but was sent straight out for the lead alongside Lunar Beauty and Dark Vader. Prince Lucky was three-wide behind that trio, but moved up into third position down the backstretch of the one-turn contest. Lunar Beauty emerged with the lead through a first quarter in :23.27, with Dark Vader just a half-length behind in second. Prince Lucky remained three-wide in third, while favorite Mask was pinned down against the rail.

Rounding the far turn, a four-wide group drew nearly even with one another, including Lunar Beauty, Dark Vader, Prince Lucky and Rugbyman. Lunar Beauty dropped back, but the other three battled all the way through the wire with Prince Lucky and Velazquez prevailing by a neck. Rugbyman was a close second over Dark Vader, and Mask was able to secure fourth over Soutache.

“I had the perfect trip,” Castellano said. “I was able to sit back at first and get a feel for the race. He’s really matured since the last time I rode him. He seems to be putting it all together and maturing at the right time. Once we came down on the inside, he was full of run and really extended away to the finish.”

Bred in Pennsylvania by his owner, Prince Lucky captured his debut as a juvenile at Delaware Park. Three starts later, he won a restricted stakes race at Parx, and most recently the colt finished third in the listed Sir Barton Stakes. Overall, Prince Lucky has won four of his eight starts for earnings of over $230,000.

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