Divisidero Back in the Winner's Circle
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The Blood-Horse reports on Divisidero's victory in the G3 Red Bank S. on 8/31/19: 

Divisidero Back to Winning Ways in Red Bank

With a last-to-first dash down Monmouth Park's turf course Sept. 1, Gunpowder Farms and Brereton Jones' Divisidero returned to the winner's circle for the first time in over a year when taking the $147,500 Red Bank Stakes (G3T).

"He's been so close for a while now," winning trainer Kelly Rubley said. "I thought today was a very patient ride, and the pace scenario worked out for us. I'm thrilled. We've been waiting a long time for this. He shows up every time and he tries, but it has been a while between wins."

Under jockey Julian Pimentel, Divisidero settled last of five in the one-mile Red Bank. Diamond King took the lead and set fractions of :23.27 and :46.98 through the first half-mile, with Maraud shortening the pacesetter's lead from second. Diamond King led three-quarters in 1:10.38 before relinquishing the front position. Maraud briefly took over in the stretch, but Pimentel asked Divisidero to go and the turf veteran was flying.

After a four-wide move, Divisidero passed his competitors and willingly got up by a length. He stopped the clock in 1:34.37 on firm going as the 8-5 second choice.

"They were going pretty quick early, and I think that definitely helped," Pimentel said. "He's a really nice horse. He won pretty easily, going away. I always felt like I had a lot of horse. I was just biding my time because I had horses outside of me. But when I asked him to go, he really took off. He really responded." 

"He's a wonderful horse to train. Very consistent," Rubley said. "You can't take anything away from him. Once I saw the half-mile fraction, I thought we were OK (being last). Julian did a real nice job of being patient and waiting for the right time to make his move." 

Firey Speech,  the favorite, passed Maraud for second, and Say the Word and Diamond King completed the order of finish.

Divisidero was bred in Kentucky by Hinkle Farms out of the Lemon Drop Kid mare Madame Du Lac. His dam has an Into Mischief yearling colt and was bred to Medaglia d'Oro this year. Hinkle is consigning the Into Mischief colt as Hip 1258 at the Keeneland September Yearling Sale.

Hinkle also consigned Divisidero at the 2013 September sale, where Margaux Farm, agent, purchased the bay for $250,000.

Divisidero, a two-time winner of the Woodford Reserve Turf Classic Stakes (G1T) at Churchill Downs, has earned $1,604,539 with a 7-6-4 record in 28 starts.


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