McCarthy’s Lord Bullingdon Overcomes Troubled Start & Rallies To Take $150,000 Qatar Mile
MCCARTHY’S LORD BULLINGDON OVERCOMES TROUBLED START & RALLIES TO TAKE $150,000 QATAR MILE BY 3 ¾ LENGTHS
ARCADIA, CA (Nov. 3, 2023)—Winless through three starts, trainer Michael McCarthy’s Lord Bullingdon stumbled leaving the gate and was relegated to last early in Friday’s $150,000 Qatar Mile and that turned out to be a very good thing.
With Bob Baffert’s Ultra Power and Doug O’ Neill’s Ace of Clubs ensuring a fast pace, Umberto Rispoli bided his time to the far turn, swung six-deep turn for home and blew by favored Go With Gusto with a furlong to run en route to an emphatic 3 ¾ length win as the first race on Breeders’ Cup Day One at Santa Anita got off to a spectacular start under sunny skies and idyllic conditions.
A 2-year-old colt by top sprinter Lord Nelson, Lord Bullingdon got one mile on turf in 1:34.85.
An even fifth at the same trip versus maidens on Oct. 7, Lord Bullingdon was off at 6-1 in a field of six sophomores and paid $15.60, $6.00 and $3.40.
Owned by Colbart Stables and Michael McCarthy Racing Stable, Inc., Lord Bullingdon, who is out of the Leroidesanimaux mare Ms Silver Oak, picked up $90,000 for the win, increasing his earnings to $120,220.
Ridden by Joel Rosario, Go With Gusto, off at 9-5, finished a neck better than Mo Fox Givin and paid $3.20 and $2.20.
Off at 9-2 with Flavien Prat, Mo Fox Givin finished a neck in front of longshot Uncharted and paid $2.80 to show.
Fractions on the race were 22.60, 45.80, 1:10.35 and 1:22.89.