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Carpe Diem Colt Sharp in Keeneland Unveiling

9th-Keeneland, $ 68,513, Msw, 10-11, 2yo, 6 1/2f, 1:17.98, ft, 5 1/4 lengths.
SAFFA’S DAY (c, 2, Carpe Diem–Shytoe Lafeet {SW, $ 332,473}, by King of Kings {Ire}), a :10 flat OBSAPR breezer, showed off similar speed on Sunday in an auspicious first outing. Let go at 6-1 off an unassuming worktab mostly at Ellis Park, the chestnut broke sharply from his wide draw and found himself attending the pace perched three deep under a tight hold. He started to pull away from his pace foes around the turn through a :46.03 half, and poured it on in the stretch under energetic encouragement to don cap and gown by 5 1/4 lengths and stop the clock nearly a second faster than the split division of this event two races earlier. Fellow firster Sound Money (Flatter) did very well to overcome a tardy start and cross the wire second, but it was soon discovered that his gate had malfunctioned and not opened in time, and he was declared an unfortunate non-starter both for his connections and bettors who included him. All Bodes Well (Bodemeister) inherited seecond. The winner is half to Ontology (Tapit), GSP, $ 144,050, a yearling colt by Flintshire (GB) and a filly foal by Louisiana-based Jay Gatsby. His dam, purchased for $ 8,500 at KEENOV ’18, was bred to El Deal for 2021. Sales history: $ 19,000 RNA Wlg ’18 KEENOV; $ 50,000 Ylg ’19 OBSOCT; $ 125,000 2yo ’20 OBSAPR. Lifetime Record: 1-1-0-0, $ 42,000. Click for the chart or VIDEO, sponsored by Fasig-Tipton.
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