Committee Of One Noses Out Amidst Waves For Indian Summer Win
Still a maiden off a pair of seconds in turf sprints at both Ellis and Kentucky Downs, Committee of One jumped up into stakes company and rewarded his backers at 7-1 with the narrowest of wins in the Indian Summer S. Racing in the back half of the field after a bumpy beginning, the Steve Asmussen trainee stayed wide and in the clear up the backstretch run in pursuit of Riparound (Uncle Mo) through a :21.40 opening quarter. As the group fanned across the track passing the quarter pole, Committee of One produced a strong outside bid, hooked up late with Amidst Waves and dueled that rival to the line in a head-bobbing result that had to be decided by the judges.
“I had a very nice trip,” said winning trainer Steve Asmussen. “I knew there was a lot of speed in the race. I was very confident with him and comfortable where he was traveling. As soon as we passed the three-eighths (pole), I asked him to pick it up, and he picked it up beautiful. Down the lane he just kept coming, and he got the job done.”
The fifth stakes winner for Mendelssohn, Committee of One is out of a half-sister to MGSP Saint Vigeur (Smart Strike) and GSP Victory Way (City of Light). This is also the family of champion 2-year-old filly Sweet Catomine (Storm Cat) and MGISW Life Is Sweet (Storm Cat). The winner has a yearling Mastery half-sister and a weanling half-sister by American Pharoah. Sweetest Sound visited Girvin for 2024. Click for the Equibase.com chart or VIDEO, sponsored by FanDuel TV.
A close finish in the Indian Summer S. but #6 Committee of One comes out on top to also break his maiden for trainer Steve Asmussen with @cristiantorr64 in the irons! 💪
The 2-year-old colt went off at 7/1!
— TwinSpires Racing 🏇 (@TwinSpires) October 8, 2023
INDIAN SUMMER S. PRESENTED BY KEENELAND SELECT, $243,907, Keeneland, 10-8, 2yo, 5 1/2fT, 1:02.40, fm.
1–COMMITTEE OF ONE, 118, c, 2, by Mendelssohn
1st Dam: Sweetest Sound, by Smart Strike
2nd Dam: Sweet Way, by Giant’s Causeway
3rd Dam: Sweet Life, by Kris S.
($80,000 Ylg ’22 KEESEP). 1ST BLACK TYPE WIN. O-J. Kirk and
Judy Robison; B-Gatewood Bell, Ken Donworth & Ike Van
Meter (KY); T-Steven M. Asmussen; J-Cristian A. Torres.
$145,313. Lifetime Record: 3-1-2-0, $190,713.
2–Amidst Waves, 117, f, 2, Midshipman–Troublesome, by Into
Mischief. ($100,000 Ylg ’22 KEESEP). O-R. A. Hill Stable,
BlackRidge Stables LLC, Swinbank Stables, Big Tufff Stables and
Black Type Thoroughbreds; B-Woods Edge Farm, LLC &
Ballyfair Bloodstock (KY); T-George Weaver. $46,875.
3–Shards, 118, c, 2, Bucchero–Cynthia’s Fury, by Utopia (Jpn).
($175,000 2yo ’23 OBSMAR). 1ST BLACK TYPE. O-NBS Stable,
Crown’s Way Racing LLC and Kevin Marko; B-Craig L Wheeler
(FL); T-Kelsey Danner. $18,750.
Margins: NO, NK, 4. Odds: 7.67, 1.92, 6.76.
Also Ran: Cowes, Fairhopecurly, Bledsoe, Sponge Bath, Riparound, Pinotslilgirl, Candymaker.