VA-BRED REDEEMED WINS GRADE 3 DISCOVERY

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Taking command midway around the far turn, Virginia-bred Redeemed pulled clear into the stretch to win Saturday’s Grade 3, $100,000 Discovery Handicap as much the best.

Breaking alertly beneath Edgar Prado, Redeemed ($4.90) quickly assumed striking position racing to the clubhouse turn just off early leader Ghost Gunner.

Redeemed stalked the leader from outside down the backstretch through a half-mile in 48.49 seconds, and was moving to challenge on the turn when Ghost Gunner broke down and was quickly pulled up by John Velazquez. 
Redeemed was briefly challenged by Raison d’Etat turning for home, but spurted away from that rival and remained clear to the wire to score by 2 1/4 lengths. Socialsaul rallied to finish a clear second by 3 3/4 lengths over Raison d’Etat. Ghost Gunner was vanned off the track.

“I think [Redeemed] is a horse that is moving forward,” said Prado. “Since they put on the blinkers he’s a completely different horse. He got a beautiful trip today. He broke well, was right there, he was pretty handy all the way around.”

The Oklahoma Derby winner carried top weight of 121 pounds, and conceded anywhere from four to seven pounds to seven rivals, while improving to 5-2-0 from seven starts as a three-year-old with earnings of $484,140.

“I have to tell you, he was very impressive to me today,” said Dutrow. “I was not thinking I was going to see that, but I’m glad I did; very impressive. We put the blinkers on him the last couple of times and that seems to have moved him up a notch, too. He’ll probably run at Gulfstream Park next.”

Quietly and with impressive consistency, Redeemed has risen through the ranks and closed an outstanding season with a popular victory in the Discovery. The Virginia-bred used an Independence Day allowance success at Big Sandy as a springboard to stakes company and made the most of the chance, coming from second last to fill the exacta underneath Eclipse Award candidate Caleb’s Posse in Saratoga’s GII Amsterdam Stakes.

Redeemed followed that up with a runner-up finish to Wilburn in the $300,000 Smarty Jones S. at Parx on Labor Day. Instead of pressing on to that track’s GII Pennsylvania Derby, he made the trip to Remington Park where, with blinkers added for the first time, he won the $400,000 Oklahoma Derby.

Redeemed was bred by Wayne and Susie Chatfield-Taylor’s Morgan’s Ford Farm in Front Royal. His breeders sold him as a yearling at the 2009 Fasig-Tipton Eastern Fall Yearling Sale for $50,000.