2023 Pilgrim Stakes: Agate Road made his stakes breakthrough

With only a month to go before the Breeders’ Cup, another Santa Anita contender punched their ticket at Aqueduct on Wednesday when Agate Road made his stakes breakthrough in the G2 2023 Pilgrim Stakes.

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Road heads in right direction

G2, $200,000, 1m 1/16 turf, 2yo

It was three-peat time in the Pilgrim at Aqueduct on Wednesday, as Todd Pletcher and Irad Ortiz combined to land the win-and-in for the G1 Breeders’ Cup Juvenile Turf for the third year running, this time with Agate Road, who made a successful stakes debut when seeing off Fulmineo and the dead-heaters Liam’s Journey and Spirit Prince.

Pletcher and Ortiz won with Annapolis in 2021 and Major Dude last year, but the 2-1 favourite Agate Road had plenty to do to complete the hat-trick when he hit the stretch with six horses ahead of him, and he did it in impressive fashion.

2023 Pilgrim Stakes Race Video

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He came with a long smooth challenge to run down the leaders and assert in the closing stages, driving on to win going away by a length and a quarter from the rallying Fulmineo, who grabbed the place by a neck from the dead-heaters.

“The ground was a little soft and his kick was not as strong as before,” said Ortiz. “But he kept coming and we got there.”

Agate Road, now two-for-three after breaking his maiden at Saratoga, will head to Santa Anita for the Breeders’ Cup C Juvenile Turf, as may runner-up Fulmineo.

2023 Pilgrim Stakes Race Payouts

HorseWinPlaceShow
1. Agate Road6.904.002.80
2. Fulmineo 6.804.40
=3. Liam’s Journey  3.70
=3. Spirit Prince  2.60

Winning time: 1m 42.83s

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