“SIR BOND (c, 3, Street Sense–Emmaus, by Silver Deputy) had shown promise in his three previous efforts, but was still looking to break out of the maiden ranks–and break out he did here. Unveiled sprinting under the Twin Spires Nov. 9, the dark bay broke slowly, but came from out of the clouds to pick up the pieces behind the romping Hierro (Hard Spun). He filled the same slot when upset by subsequent GIII Lecomte S. runner-up Z Dager (Mizzen Mast) over an extended mile here Dec. 15, and was last seen checking in a close-up third Jan. 6. The 2-1 shot bided his time at the back of the pack behind a half in :47.79, but began to pick off horses rapidly out wide along the home bend while traveling quite sweetly. He hit his full stride at the top of the lane, and bounded down the stretch to a 7 1/4-length victory over Last Gunfighter (First Samurai). The $260,000 KEEAPR 2-year-old buy is a half-brother to Wiseman’s Ferry (Hennessy), MGSW-US & GSP-Ire, $825,266. Lifetime Record: 4-1-2-1, $43,385. Click for the brisnet.com chart or the video replay. O-Jerry Durant. B-Nursery Place & Robert T Manfuso (KY). T-Neil J Howard.”

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