By Dick Downey
Updated March 18, 2012 @ 12:55 p.m. ET
Stat won a one-mile allowance race today in a time faster than Gemologist did yesterday at the track. Gemologist raced on a track rated good. The track was fast at Gulfstream Park today.
Both horses are trained by Todd Pletcher. This was Stat's second race of 2012, and despite disappointing in his first outing of the year, bettors made Stat the 7-5 favorite at the windows.
Stat won by 6 1/4 lengths and was timed in 1:35.90, which is 5/100 of a second faster than Kentucky Derby contender Gemologist won his allowance race at the same distance the day before.
Stat and John Velazquez attended the pace for the opening quarter-mile run in :24.93, then took command and laid down splits of :47.58 and 1:11.26 before drawing off. Six ran. Isutalkintome finished second, followed by Scatter Joy, Bellefire, Space Race and Junior Officer.
“It was a big improvement from last time. We were happy to catch a fast track. His last two races were on a sloppy track," Pletcher said. "We were happy to get him on a fast track and it looked like he ran much better. We’ll see how he bounces out of this race and go from there. I think he might (stretch out), he’s still learning and this was a big improvement for him.”
Stat is a son of Unbridled's Song owned by Bortolazzo Stable LLC. He was bred in Kentucky by James Sherman.