Jockey (from last start)
BreederRed Oak Stable
DamFeel That Fire
Mind Control is headed to the Breeders' Cup on the heels of a victory in the Parx Dirt Mile (Listed) on Sept. 25 at Parx Racing. It was his third race under the care of Hall of Fame trainer Todd Pletcher.
“He came to me in great shape and he's a very straightforward and good-training horse,” Pletcher said after Mind Control won the John A. Nerud Stakes (G2) at Belmont Park on July 4 in his debut for Pletcher. “He looks good.”
The Nerud marked the 5-year-old’s sixth graded stakes win and first since March 2020, but during this time he placed in the top three in four stakes and encountered sloppy tracks he didn’t seem to like. He has two Grade 1 wins on his resume: The 2018 Hopeful Stakes and 2019 H. Allen Jerkens Stakes, and he has earned more than $1.4 million. This will be his second Breeders’ Cup appearance: he was unplaced in the 2018 Juvenile (G1).
Pletcher has won five Triple Crown races and 11 Breeders’ Cup events, including the 2019 Longines Breeders’ Cup Classic (G1) with Vino Rosso. The 54-year-old was an assistant to Hall of Fame trainer D. Wayne Lukas before going out on his own in 1996. He is North America’s all-time leading trainer by earnings with more than $415 million as of Oct. 17, 2021.
Mind Control is the son of Stay Thirsty, who won the Travers Stakes (G1) and the Cigar Mile Handicap (G1) and placed second in the Belmont Stakes (G1), while also trained by Pletcher. He is bred and owned by Red Oak Stable (Stephen Brunetti).
Rick Sacco is the longtime racing manager for Red Oak Stable. He originally was hired by John Brunetti Sr. as the general manager of Hialeah Park. Sacco now manages both of the Brunetti family’s farms in Ocala, Florida — Red Oak Stable and Good Chance Farm.
Sol Kumin’s Madaket Stables became a partner in the horse after his first career win, which came at Monmouth in his second start.
|August 24, 2019||H. Allen Jerkens S.||SARATOGA||1||1|
|July 14, 2019||Concern S.||LAUREL PARK||3|
|June 08, 2019||Woody Stephens S.||BELMONT PARK||1||8|
|April 06, 2019||Bay Shore S.||AQUEDUCT||3||1|
|March 09, 2019||Gotham S.||AQUEDUCT||3||2|
|January 01, 2019||Jerome S.||AQUEDUCT||1|
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