LOUISVILLE, KY – Michael Dubb, Madaket Stables, and Bethlehem Stables’ World of Trouble walloped his foes from start to finish in Friday’s Twin Spires Turf Sprint Stakes (G2) Presented by MassMutual at Churchill Downs.
Breaking from post 6 as the 1/5 favorite under Manny Franco, World of Trouble bobbled slightly but soon established himself as the lone leader and cruised through unpressured fractions of :23.07 and :46.07. Given his cue at the top of the stretch, World of Trouble cleared away under only mild urging. The Jason Servis trainee hit the wire with a 3 3/4-length advantage in a final time of 1:03.97 for the 5 1/2-furlong sprint over the firm turf course.
“He’s such a classy horse,” Franco said. “I’ve been on him in the past and I knew how fast he was. All credit goes to Jason because you know when you ride one of his horses, they’re always ready to fire.”
Smart Remark, the longest shot on the board at 30/1, gained ground rapidly late to nip Chaos Theory for second by a neck, with Undrafted just a head behind the in fourth. Angaston faded in the stretch after closely tracking the early pace, outrunning only Will Call and Jazzy Times to complete the order of finish.
World of Trouble’s win was his fourth straight since finishing a close second here in the Breeders’ Cup Turf Sprint last November. The 4-year-old son of Kantharos improved his record to 12-8-2-1 with $1,043,300 earned.
“He’s a runner, man,” Servis said. “I’ve got a mare I can’t wait to breed to him. Turf, dirt, mud, everything, it doesn’t matter to him. Mr. Dubb says his speed numbers are better on turf.”
World of Trouble returned $2.60 to win, $2.40 to place, and $2.20 to show. Smart Remark brought back $14.40 to place and $7.60 to show, while Chaos Theory paid $3.80 to show.