WinStar Farm and Siena Farm’s Immanuel ran at its high rating of 1 to 5 on January 30 at Tampa Bay Downs, cruising over a fashionable winner of an optional one-mile, 40-yard allowance claim contest to go undefeated in two starts.
Emmanuel dictated the pace of the three lanes, crossing easy fractions of :25.03 and :49.88 before pulling away from his opponent in the last corner. The formation of Mark Casse Glider put up a fair fight from the inside but Emmanuel was just too much in the last final stage, springing 4 1/2 lengths down the wire.
Apprentice Todd Pletcher was ridden by jockey Pablo Morales and clocked 1:40.24 on a fast main track.
“Just a classy horse. I felt like I had so many gears under me,” Morales said after the race. “Every time I moved just a hair, (Emmanuel) took a little more off and did it easily. He felt (Glider) coming inside in the lane, so I decided to give him a bit of a spin. hand and I could feel it expanding more and more.
“He just did it easily – it was like practice for him. He acts like an older horse that has raced 100 times and he gives you what you ask of him. I’m grateful to have been considered for the going up. It was a pleasure.”
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The 3 year old son of more than ready had already been entered on January 7 at Tampa Bay Downs but was scratched after raising a fever. He returned to the work tab about a week later and hit back-to-back balls at Palm Beach Downs in preparation for his Sunday effort.
In last week’s second group of the Kentucky Derby Future Wager, Emmanuel closed 17-1 on his dazzling first win on Dec. 11 at Gulfstream Park.
“I’m very pleased with the way he handled both corners,” Pletcher said via text message to the Tampa Bay Downs media team. “We will keep all options open for his next departure.”
Pletcher added that the Feb. 12 Sam F. Davis Stakes (G3) would be too early to bring him back, but Tampa Bay Downs racing office officials will work overtime to land him for the March 12 Lambholm South Tampa Bay Derby (G2) .
Bred by Helen K. Groves Revocable Trust, Emmanuel was sold to Maverick Racing, the buying arm of WinStar, for $350,000 at Gainesway Consignment’s September 2020 Keeneland yearling sale. His mother, the hard spun mare Hard Cloth, is a half-sister to Group/Grade 1 winners Hawkbill and Free Drop Billy .