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Hillwood Stable’s Cordmaker closed the gap, punched through an opening at the top of the stretch and prevailed by a half-length in the $100,000 Polynesian Stakes over Maryland-bred stakes winner Clubman at Laurel Park on Sunday, June 16.

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Sent off the 2.40-1 second choice, Cordmaker broke clean and saved ground early, well behind pacesetting 50-1 longshot Old Time Revival. With Victor Carrasco guiding, Cordmaker recorded his sixth career win at Laurel and third in a stakes. The 4-year-old son of two-time Horse of the Year and 2014 Hall of Famer Curlin showed his ability to drop back to a shorter distance in the 7-furlong Polynesian, after finishing third in the mile and a quarter Pimlico Special Stakes-G3 last out on May 17.

“All year long, since his first work, I saw a different horse than he was as a 3-year-old,” trainer Rodney Jenkins said. “We’re really proud of him.”

Out of the winning Polish Numbers’ mare Tanca and a half-brother to 2019 three-time stakes winner Las Setas and 2015 Maryland Million Nursery winner Corvus, Cordmaker was bred by Robert T. Manfuso and Katharine M. Voss and was purchased by Hillwood Stable for $150,000 at the 2016 Fasig-Tipton Midlantic Fall Yearling Sale.

The chestnut recorded his first stakes win in the Jennings on Dec. 29, 2018, and captured his second three months later in the Harrison E. Johnson Memorial. Following his win in the Polynesian, Cordmaker’s record has improved to 6-2-2 from 14 starts, with $325,290 in career earnings.

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