Bank Merger, making his first U. S. start since Oct., 2010, rolled to a six-length win at Belmont Park on July 8 (VIDEO
). The 4-year-old son of Journeyman Stud's Consolidator spent the first part of this year racing in Dubai for his connections of Darley Stud and trainer Saeed bin Suroor.
Ridden patiently by Alan Garcia, Bank Merger stalked the pace four wide, then made the move to the leaders on his own around the turn. He drew off in hand in the stretch, stopping the clock in 1:17.46 for the 6 1/2-furlongs on the sloppy track, registering an excellent Beyer Speed Figure of 96.
Bank Merger has now won four of five starts in this country, including the $250,000 Gallant Bob S. at Philadelphia Park. His lone loss was a second-place finish in the Grade 1 Kings Bishop at Saratoga last year. His total earnings stand at $287,600 after the $33,600 payday.
Bank Merger is one of two winners, from three foals, out of Lucrative. She is a half-sister to Banker's Gold, winner of the Peter Pan S. (G2) and Tom Fool H. (G2).
Consolidator ranks third among all Florida third-crop sires and seventh on the Sunshine State's general sire list.
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