Sunday, August 04, 2013
Alberts Hope made the most of his first stakes start with a come-from-behind victory in Sunday's $150,250 Best Pal S. (G2) at Del Mar (VIDEO
). The 2-year-old by Run Away and Hide is one of five stakes horses this year by his sire, who is in the top 12 on both the Second Crop and Two-year-old Sire lists.
Despite facing a pair of stakes winners in Alpine Luck and Skydreamin, the public sent Alberts Hope the 5-2 favorite in the Best Pal. The powerful bay didn't disappoint; after getting jostled at the start, he settled comfortably in fourth for the run up the backstretch. Alonso Quinonez had a wall of horses in front of him on the turn, so he took his mount four wide around the turn and into the stretch.
Alberts Hope bore down for the drive as Celtic Moon drew even in mid-stretch, but the eventual winner would not let his foe by, pulling away in the final strides for a half-length win in 1:16.71 for the 6 1/2-furlongs.
"On the turn I had thoughts of dropping down on the inside, but I saw how tight things were down there so I gave up the ground and went wide," Quinonez said. "It worked for the best. When (Celtic Moon) came to him, he fired again. Maybe even bigger and better for him next time."
Alberts Hope, who broke his maiden July 14 at Hollywood Park, is now 2-for-2 with earnings of $121,200.
"I was kind of surprised by his first time out ( maiden win) because I had never really pushed on this horse," said winning trainer Mike Puype. "I think there's a little bit more even than you've seen today. Obviously the next step is on to the (Sept. 4 Grade 1 Del Mar) Futurity.”
Bred in Kentucky by R. Kirk, J. Bates, G. McDonald, M. Riordan, and S. Whisenant, Alberts Hope was originally sold for $20,000 at the 2011 Keeneland November sale to Keith Dickey by consignor Denali Stud. He then brought $40,000 at Barretts fall yearling sale last October when sold through consignor Pelican State Thoroughbreds.