Instagrand lived up to the advance hype, rolling to an easy debut victory in a $40,345 maiden race Friday at Los Alamitos.
A 2-year-old Into Mischief colt purchased for $1.2 million at the Fasig-Tipton Gulfstream Sale in March, Instagrand broke well, quickly took over from longshot Mr Bingley, was challenged briefly to his outside by Pullfromthecloud, No Treble and Dark Prince, but kicked clear under some urging when asked by jockey Drayden Van Dyke and went on to score by 10 lengths.
Even though he was geared down nearing the finish line, Instagrand, who is owned by Lawrence Best’s OXO Equine LLC and trained by Hall of Famer Jerry Hollendorfer, completed the five furlongs in 56 seconds. The hand-timed clocking wasn’t far off the track record of 55.68 set by May B May 1, 2016.
Out of the Lawyer Ron mare Assets of War, Instagrand returned $2.80, $2.40 and $2.10 as the 2-5 favorite. No Treble finished second, 1 ¾ lengths in front of Pullfromthecloud. No Treble paid $4.40 and $2.60 while the show price on Pullfromthecloud was $3.
“He broke really well,” said Van Dyke. “Some of them came up to challenge me on the turn, but he was just galloping around there. When it came time to ask him he just exploded.
“I had worked him out of the gate before and every indication he gave me was that he would run very well first time out, but you never know until they do it.”
Instagrand was bred in Kentucky by Stoneway Farm, and his year-older full sister, Aerial Assets, also broke her maiden on Friday at Laurel Park in Stoneway’s colors.
Instagrand commanded $190,000 as a yearling at the Fasig-Tipton July sale, and was pinhooked via Eddie Woods through the Fasig-Tipton Gulfstream Sale.
In the afternoon’s richest race – a $46,380 optional claimer for fillies and mares bred or sired in California – 3-2 favorite All of a Sudden outbattled pacesetter Allie’s Love to win by a head under jockey Joe Talamo.
Owned by breeder Nick Alexander and trained by Phil D’Amato, All of a Sudden, a 4-year-old Grazen filly out of the Maria’s Mon mare Stash, completed the 5 ½ furlongs in 1:03.68.
The victory was her second in 10 starts and pushed her bankroll to $104,080. She paid $5, $3.40 and $2.80.
Allie’s Love, who finished three lengths clear of 25-1 shot Bold At Night, returned $4.40 and $3.80 as the 7-2 second choice in the field of nine. The show price on Bold At Night was $5.20.
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