BreederBrereton C. Jones & WinStar Farm, LLC
Three-year-old Pavel didn’t make his first start until July of this year, but has quickly rewarded his connections for their patience. In his debut at Santa Anita, he cruised to a four-and-a-half length victory.
Trainer Doug O’Neill upped the ante for the colt’s next start, shipping him cross-country to Saratoga, where he ran fourth in the talent-heavy Jim Dandy Stakes. Making just his second lifetime start, he was swimming with sharks like Classic winners Always Dreaming and Cloud Computing.
Pavel found the winner’s circle in his next out, airing by five lengths in the Smarty Jones Stakes at Parx in Philadelphia. He then took on a seasoned bunch of heavy hitters in the Jockey Club Gold Cup at Belmont and finished third behind Diversify and Keen Ice.
“He ran a dynamite race,” O’Neill said afterward. “The race setup exactly how we thought, but the winner is a really nice horse. It was our horse's fourth start — fourth different race track — and I thought he [had] a really good, really gutsy effort today.
“If he stays injury free I think his future is extremely bright. He showed he can run with these guys and I look forward to a rematch in the Breeders' Cup Classic.”
|No Replay Available||November 04, 2017||Breeders' Cup Classic||DEL MAR||1|
|No Replay Available||October 07, 2017||Jockey Club Gold Cup S.||BELMONT PARK||1|
|No Replay Available||September 04, 2017||Smarty Jones S.||PARX RACING||3|
|No Replay Available||July 29, 2017||Jim Dandy S. Presented by NYRA Bets||SARATOGA||2|
|No Replay Available||July 01, 2017||SANTA ANITA PARK|