Constitution’s Americanrevolution on Saturday became just the eighth 3-year-old since 1997 and the first New York-bred in history to win the $750,000 Cigar Mile (G1) at Aqueduct, defeating a contentious field under Luis Saez.
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Owned by China Horse Club and WinStar Farm, Americanrevolution raced in fifth early on while his stablemate Following Sea set the pace. Americanrevolution advanced between horses at the head of the stretch, fought determinedly to forge to the front in the lane, and defeated Following Sea by a half-length at the wire as the race favorite.
“Constitution puts so much determination into his offspring and they’re just like he was—very tough horses and versatile,” said trainer Todd Pletcher. “It’s great to see him get that Grade 1 win. He’s a rare horse that when you look at his figures, he’s improved every single start of his life. That’s great to see. It was a hard-earned win today, but he fought on.”
The $412,500 winner’s share of the purse increased Americanrevolution’s bankroll to $944,535 and the win improved his record to five victories from seven lifetime starts. In addition to his impressive Cigar Mile score, Americanrevolution has won the Albany Stakes at Saratoga, the New York Derby at Finger Lakes, and the Empire Classic, the latter by 11 ¾ lengths at Belmont in his previous start. He also finished third in the Pennsylvania Derby (G1) at PARX.
Americanrevolution is out of the Super Saver mare Polly Freeze. The chestnut colt, who was bred in New York by Fred Hertrich III and John Fielding, was a $275,000 purchase at the Fasig-Tipton Saratoga Preferred New York-bred Sale where he was consigned by Taylor Made Sales Agency.