Grade 1 effort from SMARTY JONES son CENTRALINTELIGENCE

CentralThe first stakes win of CENTRALINTELIGENCE’s career came against the best of compnay, as the 5-year-old son of SMARTY JONES rolled home to a snag Hollywood Park’s Gr. 1 Triple Bend H. by three and a half lengths over a stellar field of sprinters and milers on Saturday, June 29. A Breeders’ Cup “Win and You’re In” race, the Ron Ellis-trainee earned an automatic berth into the Dirt Mile-G1.

 

Owned by a partnership that includes Amerman Racing Stables LLC, Bongo Racing Racing Stable, Gary Finder and Elias Sabo, CENTRALINTELIGENCE closely tracked the pace set by Comma to the Top while in the clear, collared that one without about an eighth of a mile remaining and drew away under jockey Victor Espinoza. His final time was a solid 1:21.57 for seven furlongs over Cushion Track.

“This is what we planned for all meet,’’ said Ellis. “It was nice that he put it all together for us on the right day.” Although CENTRALINTELIGENCE secured a spot in the Dirt Mile, Ellis said the chestnut will be pointed towards the Breeders’ Cup Sprint, which will be run Nov. 2. “This was our test today to show if he was good enough to keep pace with some good sprinters,’’ he said. “You won’t see him run again until the fall meet at Santa Anita.’’

Bred in Kentucky by Patricia Chapman out of the Seattle Slew mare Shootforthestars, CENTRALINTELIGENCE was sold as a yearling for $90,000 at the 2009 Keeneland September sale. Campaigned exclusively in California, CENTRALINTELIGENCE had been second in the past two runnings of the Los Angeles H.-G3, lead-ins to the Triple Bend. Last year, he exited the Triple Bend with a sixth place finish and an excuse. “He ran so poorly in this race last year because he came out of it with a chip in his knee, so he certainly had a good excuse,” said Ellis. “He had surgery and they actually pulled two chips out of his right front leg.’’ The victory was the fourth for Centralinteligence from a dozen starts and the $150,000 payday nearly doubled his bankroll to $308,921.