Dandino power clear in the American St Leger after trouble in runningPICTURE: Four Footed Fotos
Dandino finds gaps to score for Botti and Moore
Report: USA, Saturday
Arlington Park: American St Leger Stakes 1m5½f, turf, 3yo+
THERE have been only two runnings of the American St Leger and Marco Botti has now won both of them after Dandino (Ryan Moore) emulated his stablemate Jakkalberry to take the $400,000 event at Arlington on Saturday.
Sent off 4-5 favourite, the Hardwicke Stakes runner-up overcame trouble in running before scoring by half a length over locally trained Suntracer.
The Michael Bell-trained Wigmore Hall missed the break and could finish only fifth of seven under Jamie Spencer, who said his mount failed to stay.
Dandino, who was racing on Lasix for the first time, was pinned on the rail in the early stages and got checked at the head of the straight before Moore was able to find clear running room at the furlong marker.
"I was locked in the whole race, but he was the best horse," said Moore. "He picked up natural. I thought I'd keep it simple, but they were on top of me the whole race."
The six-year-old is now set for a crack at the Emirates Melbourne Cup for his owners Australian Thoroughbred Bloodstock, whose colours were carried into third by Jakkalberry at Flemington in 2012 after his Chicago triumph.
> Leading US-trained contender Dark Cove was a non-runner owing to filling in a tendon.