Ridden aggressively by Irad Ortiz Jr., Uncle Benny rallied from last to first to upset the $150,000 Futurity Stakes at Belmont Park Oct. 7, earning a “Win and You’re In” trip to the inaugural Breeders’ Cup Juvenile Turf Sprint at Churchill Downs Nov. 2.
Run for the first time on grass, the six-furlong Futurity drew a dozen 2-year-olds, with Credit Swap‘s scratch reducing the number of starters to 11.
“Irad (Ortiz) said (Swamp Rat) broke out so bad that if he hadn’t taken ahold of him, he would’ve clipped heels and fell,” the trainer said. “He said he had to snatch him up into a standstill. Irad said, ‘Man, after all that and he still wins,’ so Irad really liked him a lot.”
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