FEARLESS TOPs PIMLICO SPECIAL FIELD
Newly elected to the National Museum of Racing’s Hall of Fame, trainer Todd Pletcher will be going after his third Pimlico Special victory after winning previously in successive years with Revolutionary (2014) and Commissioner (2015).
His candidate this year is WinStar Farm and CHC Inc.’s Fearless, winner of the Gulfstream Park Mile (G2) Feb. 27 in his first start in eight months. Last time out, he rallied to be second by a half-length to Silver State in the 1 1/8-mile Oaklawn Handicap (G2) April 17.
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“[He’s doing] very good,” Pletcher said. “He was very good in his first start and just missed in his second. He seems to be in good form.”
In the Gulfstream race, Fearless bided his time in fourth early in the one-turn event before pouncing near the quarter-pole and going on to win by three parts of a length in 1:35.61. He was just a half-length shy of a second straight win when second in the Oaklawn Handicap won by Silver State.
In all, Fearless, a five-year-old gelding by Ghostzapper, has won four of eight starts while earning $446,280. Out of the multiple graded stakes-placed Street Cry mare And Why Not, Fearless, who was bred by the Helen K. Groves Revocable Trust, fetched a winning bid of $725,000 at the 2017 Keeneland yearling sale. He was offered for sale last summer at the Fasig-Tipton Kentucky July sale of horses of racing age but did not meet his reserve.
Fearless is expected to be the post-time favorite for the Special. Three-time defending Eclipse Award-winning jockey Irad Ortiz Jr. has the assignment from Post 2.