Coming off a 10-length romp in the Peter Haughton Memorial at the Meadowlands, Father Patrick (Cantab Hall--Gaia Dream) was made the 1-9 favorite in the final Sire Stakes split of the night and didn’t disappoint. The colt from the Jimmy Takter barn made his move on the backstretch with driver Yannick Gingras to take the lead and coasted from there to a 2-¾ length win in 1:56.4.
Father Patrick now has wins in four of five lifetime races. SJ’s Encore was best of the rest, in second, while Shift Into Glide finished third.
In the first Sire Stakes split of the night, Exodus Hanover (Andover Hall--Exotic Destination) controlled matters on the front end as the 1-9 favorite for driver Andy Miller and rolled to a 2-¾ length win in 1:57.2, which matched a career-best. The colt, trained by Steve Elliott, never had an anxious moment en route to his fifth consecutive victory. Keystone Wasabi finished second while Truxton picked up the show.
Don Dorado (Donato Hanover--Quintessential K), a 3-5 favorite in the second division, went gate-to-wire for a dominating victory with Tim Tetrick in the bike, scoring in a career-best 1:56:2, by 3-½ lengths. Trained by Bob Baggitt Jr., Don Dorado won for the second time in four career races. Explosive De Vie finished second while Amped Up Hanover settled for third.
In the third division, the 9-2 second choice Il Sogno Dream (Cantab Hall--Le Reve) overcame a horse breaking stride directly in front of him on the backstretch and rallied to upend the 2-5 favorite, Monte Cristo Spur by one-half length in 1:57:1, a new career mark. Trained by Chris Beaver and driven by Ron Pierce, Il Sogno Dream picked up his second career win and atoned for a break of stride as a heavy favorite in his last start. Whitey Lauxmont picked up the show.