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Preger-developed Prospect Park return to form in stakes win
CHORAL SOCIETY FLIES a fence en route to winning last Thursdays $125,000 A.P. Smithwick with Paddy Young aboard for the ride. - photo by Photo by Adam Mooshian/NYRA
Prospect Park, whose path to the Kentucky Derby was compromised by a series of mishaps this spring, put the past and eight rivals behind him Sunday with an impressive performance in the featured Grade III $150,000 La Jolla Handicap at Del Mar. Prospect Park was developed at Mickey Preger Jr.’s Stables on the grounds of the Camden Training Center. With Hall of Famer Kent Desormeaux patiently biding his time in a prominent close-up position on the outside, Prospect Park swept by the pacemaking 7-5 favorite, Om, turning into the stretch and continued on powerfully to score by four and one-quarter lengths in 1:41.54 for the mile and one-sixteenth over Del Mar’s infield Jimmy Durante Turf Course. He accomplished his final sixteenth of a mile in less than six seconds.