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Tone Broke Takes On Top Class Rivals in Jockey Club Derby

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Article Courtesy of Emily Shields of TVG

Tone Broke made headlines when L and N Racing LLC’s three-year-old son of Broken Vow won two legs of the Canadian Triple Crown this summer. Now he takes on some of the best three-year-olds in training in the $1 million Jockey Club Derby Invitational at Belmont Park Saturday. The race is a Breeders’ Cup Win and You’re In event; winner will receive an automatic spot in the $4 million Longines Breeders’ Cup Turf (G1).

The 1 ½ mile turf race concludes the New York Racing Association’s first ever Turf Trinity, a triple crown for grass horses that started with the Belmont Derby, which went to Henley’s Joy, and then moved upstate for the Saratoga Derby, won by A Thread of Blue. Both horses are back for the final leg.

Tone Broke, who breaks from post 6, is coming off a win in the 1 ½ mile Breeders’ Stakes at Woodbine, which he won by 1 ½ lengths in his turf debut. Steve Asmussen trains the Ontario-bred, who also took the Prince of Wales on dirt after running third in the Queen’s Plate on a synthetic surface. He was second in the Sir Barton Stakes at Pimlico on the Preakness undercard and has won four of 11 starts.

A Thread of Blue hails from the Kiaran McLaughlin barn. Leonard Green owns the three-year-old son of Hard Spun, a $430,000 purchase last year. He won the Palm Beach (G3) at Gulfstream Park in March and then ran second in the American Turf (G2) and fourth in the Penn Mile (G2) before stretching out in the Saratoga Derby to score over 1 3/16 miles. He was a 13-1 upset that day over Digital Age (Ire), who is here again today.

Henley’s Joy was a 20-1 surprise in the Belmont Derby, running the race of his life to upset. He finished fifth in the Saratoga Derby next out, but the Mike Maker-trained son of Kitten’s Joy prefers this Belmont turf course has a steady string of workouts from Saratoga to prepare. Maker also trains Scat Daddy son Kadar, who ran seventh in the Saratoga Derby and seeks his first American victory.

Current is a $725,000 son of Curlin for trainer Todd Pletcher who won the Bourbon (G3) at Keeneland last fall but hasn’t won since. He improved in his last start, most recently finishing second in the Jersey Derby at Monmouth Park August 18.

Pedro Cara (Fr) and San Huberto (Ire) break side by side in their US racing debuts. Both ship here from France with three wins a piece. Flavien Prat will be in to ride San Huberto. Also shipping in is David Simcock’s Spanish Mission, a $125,000 son of Noble Mission (GB) who was a group 3 winner at Newmarket in England earlier this year.

Rounding out the field is Digital Age (Ire), Chad Brown’s runner in the race. He won his maiden, the Columbia Stakes, and then the American Turf (G2) to kick off the year, then ran fourth in the Belmont Derby and second in the Saratoga Derby. The son of Invincible Spirit (Ire) is three for five lifetime. Javier Castellano will be aboard.

Both Saturday’s Jockey Club Derby and its sister race, the Jockey Club Oaks, can be viewed live on TVG.

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