Domestic Spending picks up third Grade 1
Domestic Spending proved himself one of the best turf horses currently running in the USA, showing a tremendous turn of foot to land the Gr.1 Manhattan Stakes at Belmont Park on Saturday.
It was the third Gr.1 victory for the four-year-old son of Kingman, winner of the Hollywood Derby in November 2020 and the Turf Classic Stakes last month.
"We had a good trip," said winning rider Flavien Prat. "He broke well and I got him to relax all the way around there. It was a pretty strong pace. When it was time to make a move, he responded very well. Then, he was floating a little bit down the lane when he was by himself. He ran a good race. He went a mile and a quarter well today. He showed a good turn-of-foot last time and today, with the strong pace it's hard to show the same turn of foot and he did. I think I had more in reserve. He was floating a little bit down the lane, but I felt that I had more horse."
Earlier on the same card, Summer Romance became Kingman's newest Gr.1 performer when runner-up in the Just A Game Stakes. Meanwhile at Epsom, Parent's Prayer became the sire's 18th Group winner when landing the Gr.3 Princess Elizabeth Stakes - a race won by Summer Romance last year.