Pat On the Back digs deep to take $200,000 Commentator S.
Tuesday, May 28, 2019
Pat On the Back's courage was on full display Memorial Day at Belmont Park when the 5-year-old son of Congrats defeated Giant Expectations by a nose after a stretch-long duel in the $200,000 Commentator S.

Pat On the Back has now won eight races, seven of them stakes, and placed in eight additional added money events in his stellar career. His earnings now stand at $924,032 for owners Harold Lerner, AWC Stables and Nehoc Stables.

The one-mile Commentator featured seven older horses, with Pat On the Back and Giant Expectations the two favorites. Pat On the Back had a clean break and tracked the leaders through a quarter mile in :22.80. Giant Expectations got away very poorly, and was last early, but made up ground steadily to be just about on even terms with the eventual winner at the top of the stretch. That duo went head-to-head the rest of the way, with Pat On the Back getting the nod on the wire. The final time on the fast main track was 1:33.43.

“This was a tough race,” said winning trainer Jeremiah Englehart. “Giant Expectations stumbling at the start didn't help his chances and he ran his eyeballs out. When they linked up at the sixteenth pole, I knew our horse would dig in. It was just a great race out of him. This horse is just so special. He's all heart, all guts. Every time you ask him to go to bat, he's swinging.” 

Pat On the Back, winner of his 2019 debut in the April 26 Affirmed Success S., was bred by Sugar Maple Farm. His dam Accomplished has produced eight runners, all winners, and is herself a sister to 10 winners.
Visit Congrats's Page Congrats
Rushing Fall sets track record in Jenny Wiley S. (G1) repeat title=
More Than Ready

Rushing Fall sets track record in Jenny Wiley S. (G1) repeat

More Than Ready's outstanding race mare Rushing Fall turned in one of the finest performances of her career Saturday at Keeneland with a track record-setting victory in the $350,000 Jenny Wiley S. (G1)...

[read more]

Undefeated Constitution filly wins stakes debut title=
Constitution

Undefeated Constitution filly wins stakes debut

Alexandria parlayed her impressive maiden debut victory into a one-length score in the $75,000 Tah Dah S. July 10 at Belterra Park...

[read more]

Hit the Road very impressive in Del Mar's Oceanside S. title=
More Than Ready

Hit the Road very impressive in Del Mar's Oceanside S.

Hit the Road kicked off a big weekend for More Than Ready with an eye-catching performance in Friday's Oceanside S...

[read more]

Grade 1 winner Tom’s d’Etat to stand at WinStar Farm title=

Grade 1 winner Tom’s d’Etat to stand at WinStar Farm

WinStar Farm has reached an agreement with Gayle Benson’s GMB Racing to acquire the breeding rights to Grade 1-winning millionaire and leading Breeders’ Cup Classic (G1) contender Tom’s d’Etat...

[read more]

Speightstown's Halo Again gets second career stakes in $125,000 Queenston S. title=
Speightstown

Speightstown's Halo Again gets second career stakes in $125,000 Queenston S.

Halo Again forged his way past Golden Wave in the final furlong of the $125,000 Queenston S. to register a 1 1/4-length victory in the seven-furlong contest for 3-year-olds on July 4 at Woodbine...

[read more]

Fed Biz's Boerne collects first stakes win in Gulfstream's Azalea S. title=
Fed Biz

Fed Biz's Boerne collects first stakes win in Gulfstream's Azalea S.

Boerne, who started the year with three straight victories, got her fourth win of 2020 with a front-running score in the $75,000 Azalea S. on Independence Day...

[read more]

Garoppolo is first winner for WinStar Farm’s Grade 1 winner Outwork title=
Outwork

Garoppolo is first winner for WinStar Farm’s Grade 1 winner Outwork

WinStar Farm’s Outwork, a Grade 1 winner by Uncle Mo, sired his first winner when Garoppolo won a 5 ½-furlong maiden special weight at Belmont Park...

[read more]

Kactus Kate is first winner for WinStar Farm’s Tourist title=
Tourist

Kactus Kate is first winner for WinStar Farm’s Tourist

WinStar Farm’s Tourist, a multiple Grade 1 winner by Tiznow, sired his first winner when Kactus Kate kicked off her racing career with a decisive two-length victory...

[read more]

Constitution among top sires at F-T Midlantic sale title=
Constitution

Constitution among top sires at F-T Midlantic sale

Led by a $350,000 colt, Constitution was one of the leading sires during Monday's session of the June 29-30 Fasig-Tipton Midlantic Sale of 2-year-olds...

[read more]

Speightstown's Victim of Love storms to victory in Vagrancy H. (G3) title=
Speightstown

Speightstown's Victim of Love storms to victory in Vagrancy H. (G3)

Victim of Love earned her first graded stakes win in the Vagrancy H. (G3) at Belmont Park, forging her way through a driving rainstorm to defeat Come Dancing...

[read more]