National Flag had a terrible start in the Grade III Bay Shore at Aqueduct on Saturday but finished strong to pull away and win by four lengths.
National Flag, a $600,000 Keeneland September yearling buy, races for WinStar Farm, China Horse Club International, and SF Racing. The Bay Shore was the second of three stakes wins at Aqueduct on Saturday for Todd Pletcher. He also won the Grade 1 Wood Memorial and Grade 1 Carter.
National Flag is the 40th graded winner and 89th black-type winner for Speightstown. His dam Date to Remember, a half-sister to millionaire Eddington (Unbridled) and a maiden of five career starts, brought $200,000 from Siena Farm in foal to Street Sense at the 2013 KEEJAN Sale. In addition to Saturday’s Bay Shore winner, she has also produced the graded-placed Bernina Star. She had a colt by Into Mischief in 2017 and was bred back to Curlin.
National Flag was one of our OPTIMAL Mating Selections for the 2016 Keeneland September Yearling Sale.
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