Studlydoright became the first stakes-winning member of the Maryland-bred class of 2022, and did it on a giant stage, coming from off the pace to win the $150,000 Tremont Stakes Thursday, June 6 as part of the Belmont Stakes Racing Festival at Saratoga.

The son of Nyquist won his debut from off the pace May 5 at Laurel Park, rallying from six lengths out of it to win a maiden special weight affair by 1½ lengths. On the strength of that victory, he was sent to Saratoga for his stakes debut. He was one of three runners in the eight-horse field with experience, but despite his impressive debut, went off at 13-1. 

Studlydoright began well from the rail post, but was quickly outrun in the early stages as favorites Touchy and Three Echoes set the early pace, with third choice Classic of Course in close pursuit. As they hit the top of the stretch, the three favorites remained comfortably in front, while Studlydoright, though he was gaining ground, was 11 lengths back. 

Touchy and Three Echoes continued their duel down the stretch, but Studlydoright was digging in under steady urging from Xavier Perez. In the last eighth, Perez angled his mount off the rail and into the three-path, and took dead aim on the embattled leaders. Neither rival offered much resistance, and Studlydoright rolled by them to win by 1¾ lengths. The final time for 5½ furlongs over a fast main track was 1:04.22.

The Tremont improved Studlydoright’s record to 2-for-2 lifetime, with career earnings of $114,930, for owner David Hughes and trainer Jerry Robb. He was purchased by Hughes, under the nom de course Mens Grille Racing, for $110,000 from the Becky Davis consignment at last October’s Fasig-Tipton Midlantic Fall Yearling Sale. He was previously a $185,000 RNA at Fasig-Tipton New York’s Saratoga Selected Yearlings sale.

Studlydoright is the second foal, and first winner, bred by Glenangus Farm LLC out of homebred stakes winner Peach of a Gal (Curlin). Winner of Delaware Park’s Christiana  Stakes and placed in the Grade 3 Suwannee River Stakes at Gulfstream Park, Peach of a Gal is a half or full sibling to eight winners, including four-time stakes winner Concealed Identity (Smarty Jones), stakes-placed Riccio and Cu Rahy, and Rich Love, the dam of multiple graded stakes winner Ruby Nell (Bolt d’Oro). Second dam Richetta (by Polish Numbers) was a four-time stakes winner. The family includes Eclipse Award winner Heavenly Cause, Grade 1 winner Bounding Basque and leading Maryland sire Two Punch.

Peach of a Gal has a yearling filly by Ghostzapper and delivered a colt by Omaha Beach on April 11. 

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