(Structor gets up in time to win the G3 Pilgrim Stakes at Belmont Park / Photo Courtesy of NYRA)
From the NYRA Media Team:
Jeff Drown and Don Rachel’s Structor, patiently piloted by Irad Ortiz, Jr., stalked and pounced to a head score in Saturday’s Grade 3, $200,000 Pilgrim at Belmont Park.
Conditioned by three-time Eclipse Award-winner Chad Brown, Structor settled comfortably in fifth position in the 1 1/16-mile test for juveniles as Tuggle marked the opening quarter-mile in 23.77 seconds on a firm Widener turf course.
Jockey Irad Ortiz, Jr. — Structor (1st):
Ortiz was pleased with the trip he engineered for Structor.
“I didn’t want to go that wide, but I didn’t have any other option,” said Ortiz, Jr. “If I wanted to drop in some more, I would have to keep taking him back and I didn’t want to do that.”
Trainer Chad Brown — Structor:
Brown said a start in the Grade 1, $1 million Breeders’ Cup Juvenile Turf on November 1 at Santa Anita Park should suit Structor.
“I was proud of this horse [knowing] how wide he had to travel the whole way. No fault of the jockey, just his post and the way some horses wedged their way in there early. He gutted it out,” said Brown. “This was a solid pace, 47 [seconds] and change traveling three deep into the turn. To have enough to gut it out, I think he wouldn’t mind a cutback to a mile at all in the Breeders’ Cup. He’s an improving horse.”