LOUISVILLE, KY – Albaugh Family Stables’ heavily-hyped Dennis’ Moment continued to shine on Saturday despite being under the spotlight, using a strong performance to win Saturday’s $200,000 Iroquois Stakes (G3) at Churchill Downs.
The Iroquois is a Breeders’ Cup “Win and You’re In” event, with Dennis’ Moment receiving an automatic berth in the TVG Juvenile at Santa Anita Park this November.
Breaking from post 8 as the 2/5 favorite under Irad Ortiz, Jr., Dennis’ Moment settled two-wide in fourth heading into the clubhouse turn. Up front, a keyed-up Juggernaut posted swift opening fractions of :23.35, :47.31, and 1:11.96 while Lebda gave closest chase. Though the top seven raced within 7 lengths of the lead, January Won, Automate, and Letmeno trailed by a considerable margin down the back stretch.
Heading into the far turn, Dennis’ Moment tipped out to launch a three-wide bid for the lead. At the top of the stretch, Dennis’ Moment received his cue with aplomb and responded sharply, kicking away almost immediately.
Drawing off in the lane just as he did in his maiden-breaking blowout victory, Dennis’ Moment crossed 1 3/4 lengths much the best. The Dale Romans trainee completed the 1 1/16-mile event in a final time of 1:43.58.
“He’s good, he’s a nice horse, he’s done everything he’s been asked to do,” said Ortiz, Jr. “He felt great, really great for a 2-year-old. He did everything right. I asked him to run and he was going really well. He had some more, but I saved it for the end. He was going to win going away, so I didn’t ask him for any more.”
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