By Paulick Report
Calumet Farm homebred English Bee earned his first stakes win on Saturday, out-kicking 2-1 favorite Real News to win by a half-length under jockey Jose Ortiz. The 3-year-old son of English Channel, conditioned by Graham Motion, was sent to post at odds of 9-2 after a disappointing fifth in his first start in stakes company. Racing a mile over Pimlico’s firm turf course, English Bee covered a mile in 1:35.60.
“He broke really well. He was up front in the race,” said Ortiz. “For a 3-year-old lightly raced in the game he’s very professional. He put me into a great spot and when I asked him to go, to push the nine at the 3/8ths-pole and then he ran very well. He’s certainly moving forward. He’s a big, strong colt.”