by Jon Forbes
Disco Partner employed an inexorable stretch charge to win the Grade 2, $400,000 Jaipur Invitational for 4-year-olds and up for the second straight year on Saturday at Belmont Park.
The Jaipur, a six-furlong dash contested over the Widener turf course, is a Breeders’ Cup “Win and You’re In” race for the Breeders’ Cup Turf Sprint on November 3 at Churchill Downs.
Looking to regain winning form following a pair of third-place finishes, Disco Partner settled in the two path in fifth early as his stablemate Pure Sensation cleared on the lead through an opening quarter-mile in 22.16 seconds. Jockey Irad Ortiz, Jr. hooked Disco Partner to the outside following a half in 44.03, and the tandem reeled in the front runners and took charge 40 yards from the wire en route to a one-length victory.
“Basically, everything worked out great,” said trainer Christophe Clement.
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