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SOUTH OZONE PARK, NY – Three Diamonds Farm’s Do Share took over in midstretch, then took off impressively to dominate Saturday’s Tom Fool Handicap (G3) at Aqueduct.
Breaking from post 2 under Reylu Gutierrez at 5/1 odds, Do Share sat well off the early pace. Up front, the 2/1 favorite and defending champion Skyler’s Scramjet set opening fractions of :21.9 and :44.83 while pressured by both Sydergaard and Bavaro. Before hitting the top of the stretch, the front-running trio began to struggle under the weight of the early speed. Gutierrez took full advantage, sending Do Share out to the middle of the track for the stretch run home. Zooming past the tiring pacesetters, Do Share finished strongly through to the wire, crossing with a 6 1/2-length advantage in a final time of 1:08.77 for the 6-furlong sprint over the fast main track.
“It was a great trip,” Gutierrez said. “Talk about a great horse. He just took me to the wire. Any rider probably could have won on him today. He was going at light speed.”
Fellow early trailer Life in Shambles broke awkwardly but used an inside trip to his advantage, nipping Bavaro by a 1/2-length for second. Skyler’s Scramjet managed to neck out Syndergaard for fourth, while behind them came Bon Raison and Fully Vested to complete the order of finish.
Do Share’s win was his first career graded stakes score and improved his overall record to 23-9-5-3. The 6-year-old gelded son of Candy Ride increased his lifetime earnings mark to $567,408 for trainer Mike Maker and Three Diamonds Farm, who purchased him for $40,000 last summer.
“(Maker) gave me an opportunity to ride in Oklahoma for him and here,” Gutierrez said. “My first open stakes for him was down in Gulfstream, and now my first graded stakes win is for him here in New York, so I have to get a great Christmas present for Mr. Maker and his team.”
Do Share returned $12.80 to win, $5.60 to place, and $3.70 to show. Life in Shambles brought back $8.50 to place and $4.40 to show, while Bavaro paid $3.60 to show.
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