Va-bred Largent Wins Graded Stakes

LARGENT winning the $200,000 Ft. Lauderdale Stakes GrII at Gulfstream on December 12, 2020. (Winner by Into Mischief ,1st Dam: Life in Seattle, by Unbridled, 2nd Dam: Life At the Top, by Seattle Slew, 3rd Dam: See You At the Top, by Riva Ridge) ($460,000 Ylg ’17 KEESEP) (Bred in VA by . Lazy Lane Farms LLC)(Ryan Thompson)

Thoroughbred Daily News, Sunday 12/13/20 — Sent off at odds of 16-1 as the lesser-fancied of a pair from trainer Todd Pletcher in Saturday’s GrII Ft. Lauderdale Stakes, Largent settled in the latter half of the field and took advantage of a fast pace up ahead of him to cause the upset and likely earn a spot in the field for the $1-million GI Pegasus World Cup Turf next month. Largent landed behind midfield as Halladay (War Front) set a searching pace in advance of the fleet-footed Factor This (The Factor) with the equally quick Somelikeithotbrown (Big Brown) outfooted in third. Racing inside down the backstretch, Largent was full of run, but was patiently handled into the final three furlongs by Paco Lopez.

Sensing a chance to get away from the fence when push came to shove, Largent was produced four or five wide into the lane and finished fastest of all for the victory. Doswell (Giant’s Causeway) tagged Breaking the Rules (War Front) for second. Largent, a two-time stakes winner in Virginia-bred company earlier this year in Colonial’s Edward P. Evans Stakes July 29 and Laurel’s Bert Allen Stakes (non black-type) last time Oct. 9, became the 35th graded winner for his all-conquering sire with the victory Saturday. He sandwiched a runner-up finish in Saratoga’s Lure Stakes on Sept. 7 between those two aforementioned victories. Largent is now four-for-five over the Gulfstream lawn.

“One thing is, he’s always loved Gulfstream,” winning trainer Todd Pletcher said. “He’s always run very well here and we just felt like it was the right time to step up into a big spot.” Pletcher continued, “He’s a horse that has shown some talent. This was definitely his toughest task to date, but he showed that he likes it here and delivered a big performance. I think he certainly ran well enough today to earn a spot into the Pegasus, which we’d love to do.”

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