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Ivar Sheds Blinkers Successfully in Shadwell Turf Mile
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Ivar Sheds Blinkers Successfully in Shadwell Turf Mile

LEXINGTON, KY – Running without blinkers for the first time since May, Ivar proved the move to be a success as he kicked clear in the stretch to win Saturday’s $750,000 Shadwell Turf Mile Stakes (G1) at Keeneland.

The Shadwell Turf Mile is a Breeders’ Cup “Win and You’re In” event, with Ivar receiving an automatic berth in the FanDuel Mile Presented by the Permanently Disabled Jockey Fund (PDJF) at Keeneland this November.

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Ivar broke from the far outside post 11 under Joe Talamo at 11/1 odds, Ivar allowed most of the field to get ahead of him before tucking in and sitting near the rear while running two-wide.

Casa Creed broke quickly from the rail and outkicked Born Great for the lead heading into the clubhouse turn, then posted opening fractions of :23.44, :47.39, and 1:11.13.

Still in seventh as the field rounded the far turn and straightened for home, Ivar kicked into high gear near the 3/16 pole and flew past his rivals, taking over inside the 1/8 pole before clearing off to win.

The Paulo Lobo trainee crossed 1 length ahead of the 3/1 second choice Raging Bull while completing the firm turf mile in 1:33.99.

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“Down the backside, he got in such a good rhythm, was so relaxed,” Talamo said. “Congratulations to Paolo. He did a great job training this horse, (changing) his tactics. … He took the blinkers off. Just an incredible training job on his part to get this horse to turn off like that. I was all smiles turning for home when I took him out there. He just exploded.”

Raging Bull – also running without blinkers for the first time in several starts – rallied from last to take second by 3/4 of a length over Without Parole, while Casa Creed faded to fourth, just a neck past Flavius.

Parlor nosed out Bowies Hero for sixth, while the 2/1 favorite Analyze It outkicked only Born Great to complete the order of finish.

Halladay and Spectacular Gem were scratched.

The Brazilian-bred Ivar’s win was his first North American-based graded score and improved his career record to 7-5-0-1 with $579,413 earned for co-owners Stud Rio Dois Irmaos (who also bred him) and Bonne Chance Farm. The 4-year-old Agnes Gold colt, foaled on October 4, 2016, won all 3 starts in 2019 while racing in Argentina, including a pair of 6-length scores against Grade/Group 1 rivals.

“We were very worried about the post position, but his style, if you see his races in Argentina, he always comes from off the pace – way off the pace,” Lobo said. “Today, it worked very well. I was very concerned because of the first turn. Joe rode him 100% magnificent.”

Ivar returned $30.80 to win, $12.40 to place, and $8.80 to show. Raging Bull brought back $4.40 to place and $3.40 to show, while Without Parole paid $5.40 to show.

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