Caonabo Stable LLC’s Clubman embodied the spirit of the “Big T” as he won the $75,000 Maryland Coalition Stakes by an impressive nine and a half lengths at Timonium on Saturday, Aug. 24.
Breaking clean under jockey Julian Pimentel, Clubman bided his time at the back of the six-horse field alongside Sonny Inspired, 10 lengths behind early leader Nova Boy, who set a solid 22.58 second opening quarter-mile. With some encouragement from Pimentel, the Rodolfo Sanchez-Salomon trainee made his move on the outside, sidling up three-wide around the far turn to gain the lead and “eagerly pulled away with something in reserve” according to chart notes.
Coming into the stretch five lengths ahead of dueling Aaron’s Tap and Nova Boy, Clubman sped away to win by nine and a half lengths over North Atlantic and Sonny Inspired while getting the six and a half furlongs in 1:16.50.
The Maryland Coalition is the 5-year-old gelding’s second stakes win, following his victorious romp in the Russell Road Stakes at Charles Town in April. Achieving his ninth victory out of 32 lifetime starts, Clubman has increased his earnings to $385,577.
Bred by members of the Bowman family (Tom and Chris Bowman and daughters Quin Bowman and Becky Davis), Clubman was consigned by Cary Frommer to the 2016 Fasig-Tipton Midlantic Two-Year-Olds in Training Sale and purchased for $75,000 by McMahon & Hill Bloodstock agent.
Unraced at 2, the son of Not For Love made his debut at Laurel Park in January 2017 for Waldorf Racing Stables LLC, but didn’t get first win until six starts later that June, and left the winner’s circle with new trainer Jonathan Maldonado, who claimed him on behalf of Gladys Martinez for $25,000. Clubman’s summer consisted of a three-race win streak leading up to his stakes debut, where he finished fourth in the Maryland Million Classic. He recorded his fifth victory in November 2017, but didn’t see the winner’s circle again until his 2019 debut in February.
Following his first stakes win in the Russell Road, Clubman finished seventh, beaten just over five lengths, in the Pimlico Special Stakes-G3 in May, and was second in Laurel Park’s Polynesian Stakes in June.
Clubman is out of the Lemon Drop Kid mare Otherwise Perfect, the dam of 10 named foals, all starters, seven winners, four of them stakes performers. She is also the dam of I Stand Alone (by Dance With Ravens), winner of the 2012 Rio Rancho Overnight at Zia Park, and stakes-place Friscan, third in the Grade 3 Bashford Manor Stakes in 2011, and Stonebriar, third in the 2014 Maryland Million Nursery. The mare has a yearling colt by Great Notion who is offered the second day of this year’s Fasig-Tipton Midlantic Fall sale.
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