ELMONT, NY – Robert Bruce dominated in his US debut to win Saturday’s Grade 3, $150,000 Fort Marcy Stakes at Belmont Park. The Chilean-bred son of Fast Company is now undefeated in all seven of his career starts and is already making a name for himself here in the US.
The race began with Blacktype breaking to the front to take on the early pace, setting comfortable, if not easy, fractions of :24.72 and :50.26. Blacktype was followed closely by Spring Quality while Robert Bruce sat just behind on the rail. Into the second turn, Silverware was the first to move and was quickly joined three-wide by Spring Quality to challenge Blacktype for the lead. Robert Bruce was content to sit back on the rail, letting the others battle it out around the turn. As they came into the stretch, Robert Bruce made his move, splitting horses and taking quickly to the front. Once he was clear of the others, it was obvious that nobody was going to catch him as he cruised to about a one-length victory over Spring Quality. Lucullan made a strong stretch run to come in third ahead of Ticonderoga and Silverware who finished in a photo for fourth and fifth respectively.
“I worked him one time over at Palm Meadows, and I loved him, he looked like he was a real classy horse, and you could tell by his form he’s a champion, and today he proved it,” said jockey Tyler Gaffalione.
Robert Bruce returned $5.30 to win, $4.00 to place, and $3.00 to show. Spring Quality brought back $6.80 to place and $4.50 to show, while Lucullan paid $3.40 to show.