Constitution’s son Surveillance added a third consecutive stakes win to his record on Saturday at Fair Grounds with a victory in the $100,000 Duncan F. Kenner S. (WATCH RACE)
After rains forced the race to be moved to the main track, Surveillance was one of six who went postward. He was last of six early before commencing a three-wide move around the turn. Rather than continue wide, jockey James Graham shifted Surveillance to the inside, and he surged past Bango in mid-stretch, then won going away by a length in 1:04.05 for the 5 ½-furlongs on a fast track.
“I don’t think it mattered with this guy today,” Graham said of the surface switch. “Today I knew to keep him covered longer than I have been (in his recent races), then he’d kick for me today, and he did. He loves this place (Fair Grounds) and he loves his boss (trainer Keith Desormeaux) and we get along together. He’s been fabulous since he’s been here. Everything has gone forward.”
Surveillance, who captured the $175,000 Thanksgiving Classic and $100,000 Richard Scherer S. earlier in the meet, now sports a record of 6-3-5 from 26 starts, He added $60,000 to make his career winnings $466,367. The steely gray is owned by his trainer, along with Big Chief Racing LLC and Rocker O Ranch, LLC.
Kendall Hansen, MD Racing LLC bred Surveillance in Kentucky.
Constitution, last year’s leading Fourth-Crop sire by both stakes winners and stakes horses, has already accounted for three stakes winners in 2023. He is standing this year at WinStar for $110,000 S&N.