Bill Mott, trainer of Mutual Trust, who was making his US debutPICTURE: Edward Whitaker (racingpost.com/photos)
Mutual Trust knocked back into sixth on debut
Report: USA, Saturday
Gulfstream Park: Fort Lauderdale Stakes (Grade 3) 1m½f, turf, 4yo+
EX-FRENCH Group 1 winner Mutual Trust was beaten into sixth behind Silver Medallion (Todd Pletcher/Javier Castellano) after being sent off favourite for his US debut on Saturday.
Now trained by Bill Mott after being transferred from Andre Fabre, Mutual Trust was 9-5 favourite for the Fort Lauderdale Stakes and raced in second before meeting interference in the stretch as front-running Yummy With Butter cannoned into him.
Yummy With Butter passed the post in second a neck behind the winner but was disqualified after a stewards' inquiry.
Silver Medallion closed from the rear, moving five-wide entering the stretch to take the $100,000 event, where Jockey Club Gold Cup winner Flat Out was last of 12. "Guess he didn't fire on the turf," said Flat Out's trainer Charles Dickey. "He just doesn't care for it so I'll make sure he's okay and look for a race on the dirt. We'll definitely be keeping him on the dirt."
Also on Saturday
Gulfstream Park: Hal's Hope Stakes (Grade 3) 1m, dirt, 4yo+
Jackson Bend (Nick Zito/John Velazquez) bobbled at the start before a gritty success from off the pace.
The 4-5 favourite was also short of racing room in the stretch, leaving trainer Nick Zito to marvel at his courage.
"He stumbled leaving there, then had to sit there with nowhere to go until he found a place to run in the stretch," he said. "He's got a tremendous heart. He's very special - he has the guts of a lion."
Santa Anita: San Fernando Stakes (Grade 2) 1m½, dirt, 4yo
Tapizar (Steve Asmussen/Corey Nakatani), knocked off the Triple Crown trail last year with a bone chip, looked right back to his best as he made all for a powerful 3½-length victory over longshot Balladry.