Sainthood captures Pennine Ridge (G3) for first stakes win
Saturday, May 29, 2021
WinStar Farm and CHC Inc's Sainthood won a spirited stretch duel over The Reds to win the $200,000 Pennine Ridge S. (G3) Saturday at Belmont Park.

Originally scheduled for the turf, the 1 1/8-mile race was moved to the main track due to prolonged rain in the area.

Sainthood was making his first start since the May 1st Kentucky Derby (G1). Away first in the field of five 3-year-olds, Sainthood, Shawdyshawdyshawdy and The Reds dueled for the top spot through six furlongs in 1:12.52. The Reds took the lead in upper stretch, but Sainthood battled back to take over for good in the final sixteenth.

The winner finished in 1:50.57 over the sloppy going.

“He handled it [the slop] well. He broke on top and I was just looking to follow somebody,” winning rider Joel Rosario said. “He was moving really well and I know the other horse [The Reds] had the jump on me, but I kept riding and I was hoping he would fight back and he did.”

Prior to the Derby, Sainthood was second after a rough trip in the Jeff Ruby S. (G3). His lifetime mark now stands at 2-2-0 in five starts, with earnings of $201,900.

Trainer Todd Pletcher said Sainthood could make his next start on the turf in the $1 million Belmont Derby (G1) July 10 at Belmont.
“We got a good prep for it if we decide to go that way,” Pletcher said. “It's good to have a horse with this many options. We'll talk to the team and come up with a plan, but that will be towards the top of the list.”
Souper Stonehenge Speightstown's second Graded Stakes winner of the weekend title=
Speightstown

Souper Stonehenge Speightstown's second Graded Stakes winner of the weekend

Souper Stonehenge went gate-to-wire to win Sunday's $150,000 Vigil S. (G3) at Woodbine, besting multiple Canadian champion Pink Lloyd by three-quarters of a length...

[read more]

Tourist filly finds a home on the Del Mar turf title=
Tourist

Tourist filly finds a home on the Del Mar turf

Into Touring scored a decisive turf maiden special weight win on Aug. 1 at Del Mar, coming from well off the pace to win...

[read more]

Lexitonian adds to Speightstown's legacy in Alfred G. Vanderbilt H. (G1) title=
Speightstown

Lexitonian adds to Speightstown's legacy in Alfred G. Vanderbilt H. (G1)

Speightstown got his 22nd lifetime Grade 1 winner Saturday at Saratoga when Lexitonian won the $350,000 Alfred G. Vanderbilt H. (G1) in an extremely game effort...

[read more]

Harpers First Ride finds winners circle for the 12th time in $100,000 Deputed Testamony S. title=
Paynter

Harpers First Ride finds winners circle for the 12th time in $100,000 Deputed Testamony S.

Paynter's ultra-consistent Harpers First Ride won for the 12th time in 23 lifetime starts in Saturday's $100,000 Deputed Testamony S. at Pimlico...

[read more]

Americanrevolution a big winner in New York Derby title=
Constitution

Americanrevolution a big winner in New York Derby

Constitution's 3-year-old colt Americanrevolution turned the $150,000 New York Derby into a one-horse race in the stretch as he strutted to a 7 1/4-length victory...

[read more]

Goin' Good the second stakes winner of the weekend for Congrats title=
Congrats

Goin' Good the second stakes winner of the weekend for Congrats

Congrats got his second black type winner in as many days Sunday at Saratoga when Goin' Good won the $120,000 Coronation Cup...

[read more]

Tango Tango Tango comes up big for Tourist in American Derby title=
Tourist

Tango Tango Tango comes up big for Tourist in American Derby

Tango Tango Tango surged to the lead in upper stretch and pulled away for a two-length victory in Saturday's $100,000 American Derby...

[read more]

Congrats' Bango extends stakes winning streak to three at Ellis Park title=
Congrats

Congrats' Bango extends stakes winning streak to three at Ellis Park

Bango has now won three straight stakes races after a commanding five-length win in Saturday's $75,000 Good Lord S. at Ellis Park...

[read more]

Paynter's Renaisance Frolic rallies to third career stakes win title=
Paynter

Paynter's Renaisance Frolic rallies to third career stakes win

Renaisance Frolic was up just in time to win Saturday's $75,000 Mr. Steele S. at Gulfstream Park, coming four-wide into the stretch...

[read more]

Good Samaritan kicks off Fasig-Tipton July sale with $100,000 colt title=
Good Samaritan

Good Samaritan kicks off Fasig-Tipton July sale with $100,000 colt

Good Samaritan's first yearling to sell at Tuesday's Fasig-Tipton July sale in Kentucky brought a top bid of $100,000...

[read more]