BALTIMORE, MD 05-16-09—No Advantage, owned by Suarez Racing, Inc., Joseph Besecker & Kirk Wycoff’, stalked the early pacesetters before launching a strong stretch drive on his way to an upset victory in the 15th running of the $100,000 William Donald Schaefer Stakes.
The Grade 3 test attracted seven older runners. No Advantage, sent to post at 12-1 under Juan Acosta, pressed pacesetters Real Merchant and Crimson Comic to the far turn, before charging past that duo on the outside to gain command and drawing away to win by 2 ¾ lengths. The 4-year-old son of Posse ran 1 1/16 miles in 1:42.79 over the fast main track. Real Merchant and favored Ea finished in a dead-heat for second.
No Advantage, who is trained by Stephanie Beattie, paid $28.40.
William Donald Schaefer Stakes Quotes
Stephanie Beattie, winning trainer, No Advantage – “This is absolutely awesome. To win a graded stakes race on the Preakness card is the highlight of my training career. We thought he could get the distance, even after he came up a little short in the Classic at Charles Town. We still believed he was a real nice colt, and now we know just how nice.”
J.D. Acosta, winning jockey, No Advantage – “I took him back so he could be behind horses. I wanted to follow Johnny (Velazquez). I knew my horse can be sharp sometimes, but I got him to relax early. Then I took him to the outside and he closed fast. I had every confidence in (trainer Stephanie Beattie). I have confidence in every horse she puts me on.”
John Velazquez, jockey, Real Merchant, dh-2nd – “My horse ran great today. He tried real hard. I certainly was not expecting the 7-horse (No advantage) to come up behind me like he did. I look forward to riding him again.”
Eibar Coa, jockey, Ea, dh-2nd --“No excuses. He stumbled a little bit coming out of the gate, but I can’t say that’s to blame.”