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Rattlesnake Bridge set for $1M Pennsylvania Derby


Tuesday, September 13, 2011 |
Rattlesnake Bridge will go for the big money in the $1 million Pennsylvania Derby (G2) Sept. 24 at Parx Racing as the 3-year-old son of Tapit lines up in the outside gate in the field of nine sophomores.

The gray/roan colt will try to do one better than his game runner-up finish in the Grade 1 Travers S. at Saratoga last month. The Mill House-owned colt has already collected the top prize in the $165,000 Long Branch S. at Monmouth Park in July.

Trained by Kiaran McLaughlin, Rattlesnake Bridge is 2-3-0 in six starts, all coming in 2011. Rattlesnake Bridge, and Trappe Shot, another son of Tapit who was runner-up in the recent Alfred G. Vanderbilit (G2), worked four furlongs in company in 49.85 seconds over the main track at Belmont on Sept. 17.

“They both were kind of easing up late,” said McLaughlin, referring to exercise riders Renzo Morales on Rattlesnake Bridge and Marsha Barrs on Trappe Shot. “Rattlesnake went 47-and-2 last week, so we weren’t looking for anything too fast. It was a nice work. All is well.”

Rattlesnake Bridge is one of 11 stakes winners in 2011 for Tapit, who ranks third on the North American general sire list with progeny earnings of nearly $6 million.