Maryland Million Sprint champion Seven’s Eleven validated his form and added another stakes win to his resume on Friday, Nov. 24, when he dominated the Howard and Sondra Bender Memorial Stakes for Maryland-bred or Maryland-sired sprinters at Laurel Park.

The 3-year-old gelded son of the late Northview stallion Bandbox won the Maryland Million Sprint by five lengths on Oct. 14 for his first stakes victory. However, he struggled next out, finishing third in a second-level allowance sprint at Laurel on Nov. 2. Despite the defeat, bettors still believed, and sent him off as the slight 2-1 favorite in the nine-horse field.

With regular rider Angel Cruz up, Seven’s Eleven began well from the inside post and took the lead as they approached the opening quarter-mile point. He went by the first quarter in :22.91 with longshot Tenax pressing on the outside. As they raced into the turn, Tenax gave way, and a host of fresh challengers, including Polynesian Stakes winner Double Crown and New York shipper Sagamore Mischief, made their moves. However, Seven’s Eleven remained clear as they rounded the turn and entered the stretch. Double Crown chased gamely, but could do no better than second as Seven’s Eleven won easily by two and three-quarters lengths. Super Accelerate rallied for third. Seven’s Eleven stopped the clock in 1:23.34 for seven furlongs over a fast track.

A homebred for Cottonwood Stable LLC, the gray trained by Carlos Mancilla broke his maiden at fourth asking at Laurel on Jan. 27, and won a first-level race impressively on March 25 before going to the sidelines. After returning to finish unplaced in a grass race on Sept. 8, he’s won three of his last four starts. Lifetime, his record is 5-1-1 in 12 starts for earnings of $222,330, with a record of 5-0-1 and earnings of $209,210 this year.

Seven’s Eleven is the second winner out of his dam, the winning Senor Swinger mare Senorita Siete, from as many foals. She has a yearling filly by Street Magician named Seven’s Magic and produced a Good Samaritan colt named Seven’s Good on April 12 of this year. She was bred to Blofeld for 2024. 

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