Plainsman out duels favored Beau Liam to take on Ack Ack E! News UK
Shortleaf Stable’s Plainsman got off the beat, took the lead with a furlong to run, and outscored 1-2 favorite Beau Liam over to win Saturday’s 29th Ack Ack renewal for $ 300,000 (grade 3) at Churchill Downs from a pitch.
Plainsman, a 6-year-old son of Flatter, ran a mile on a fast track in 1: 33.85, which was just 0.07 off Pants On Fire’s 2013 stakes record (1:33 , 78) and 0.59 off Fruit Ludt’s 2014 record. (1: 33.26).
Joel Rosario rode the winner for coach Brad Cox, who swept the Saturday stakes at Churchill Downs. Two races earlier, Knicks Go won the G3 Lukas Classic.
For Rosario, it was his fifth victory that day, marking the 72nd time a jockey has accomplished this feat and the first since Florent Geroux won five races on nine mounts on September 4, 2020. All nine Rosario’s mounts earned $ 603,170 on the day.
Atoka, with Mr. Dumas in tow, led the pack of nine older horses on the back stretch in the mile of a lap through fractions of: 22.65,: 45.21 and 1: 09.15 with Plainsman sat out of the beat and in the clear.
Leaving the turn after a movement of three wide, Plainsman was fifth behind the leaders and leaned in to separate Mr. Dumas on the rail and Atoka on the outside. He took the lead with an eighth of a mile left and turned in favor of Beau Liam, who made his Stakes debut after winning his first three starts.
“I was able to have a good trip for most of the race,” said Rosario. “I knew that when I got home I would have a decision to make between keeping him inside or going out. I knew I had a lot of horses under me and the race went well for him.
The top prize was $ 178,800 and pushed Plainsman’s bankroll to $ 729,207 with a record 8-6-3 out of 25 starts. It was his fourth career victory. Previously, he won the 2018 G3 Discovery at the age of three and won the $ 50,000 Jim Rasmussen at Prairie Meadows and the $ 85,000 Michael G. Schaefer Memorial at Indiana Grand earlier this year.
“This horse has been in great shape this year,” said Cox. “I think two turns is probably his best distance, but today he managed to do a good run outside of the mile pace at one turn. He showed a lot of adversity today and put in a good effort.
Six of the last eight Ack Ack winners – Pants On Fire (2013), Tapiture (2015), Tom’s Ready (2016), Awesome Slew (2017), Seeking the Soul (2018) and Mr. Money (2020) – entered on the run. as a springboard for the Breeders’ Cup Dirt Mile, which is slated for November 6 in Del Mar with a million dollar purse. Cox not comital at Plainsman’s next departure.
Plainsman paid $ 13.60, $ 3.80 and $ 3.20 with odds of 5-1. Beau Liam, ridden by Brian Hernandez Jr., paid $ 2.60 and $ 2.40. Atoka was still 2 ¾ lengths in third under Rafael Bejarano and paid $ 8 to show.
Rushie, South Bend, Mr Dumas, Guest Suite, Disculpatory and Mo Mosa completed the order of arrival. Ebben and Aloha West were wiped out.
Plainsman, bred from Street Sense SS Pinafore mare, was bred in Kentucky by Joseph Minor.
The race is named after Cain Hoy’s 1971 Horse of the Year, Ack Ack, who is entered in the National Museum of Racing and Hall of Fame. In his only appearance at Churchill Downs, Ack Ack won the 1969 Derby Trial clocking 1: 34.40, a one-mile record that has since been eclipsed.
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