Linda Gaudet and Morris Bailey’s Concealed Identity won multiple stakes at 2 and 3 and placed in graded company. But the gelded son of SMARTY JONES was winless since taking Laurel's Find Handicap on the turf in November 2011, including all eight starts at 4. Well, he's BACK!
Turning in a gritty performance at Laurel in the $125,000 John B. Campbell H. on Saturday, Feb. 16, Concealed Identity survived a ding-dong battle down the stretch, bumping included, to get up to win by three-quarters of a length. The fourth-choice in the field of five, he returned $17 and completed the mile and an eighth in 1:52.29 over a muddy track.
Concealed Identity is now in the record books as the first stakes winner for both his trainer, Linda Gaudet, and rider, apprentice Trevor McCarthy.
“I can’t believe it,” McCarthy said. “This is such a great experience. Concealed Identity is a quality horse and I am grateful to get a mount like this so early in my career.”
“I’m so excited,” Gaudet said. “I knew this horse would run well today. He’d been training better than ever since his last race. A mile is just a little too short for this horse but he impressed us enough that we thought we were going to go with this no matter what. Trevor had gotten along with him very well in his last race so we went with him again. It couldn’t have turned out better. I was worried with the bumping in the stretch but Trevor assured me we were okay when he came back to the winners’ circle. This horse is truly a two turn horse and does his best at a mile and an eighth here or at Pimlico. He likes both those courses. This is Trevor’s first stakes win, too. That’s kind of a Gaudet tradition. We (Linda and her husband retired trainer Eddie Gaudet) gave Rosie Napravnik a leg up on her first stakes winner as well as Ryan Fogelsonger and Michael Luzzi. Today me and Trevor got the double.”
Concealed Identity has earned $79,950 in two starts this year, and improves to 7-of-25 lifetime with earnings of $332,990. He is the second stakes winner of the year for Smarty Jones, whose Smarty B, a 4-year-old filly based at Turf Paradise, won the Glendale H. on Feb. 2, and returned Feb. 16 to miss by a nose in the Sun City H.