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Winless since taking the GIII San Francisco Mile in 2023, Balnikhov (Ire) (g, 5, Adaay {Ire}–Leeward, by First Defence) hopped on a plane for a party in Baltimore, and will return to the barn as the newly-crowned victor of the GIII Dinner Party S.

In no rush as the race unfolded in front of him after the jump, he was tucked to the inside but ran as the rearmost marker for most of the contest. Cutting the corner in the final bend as rivals fanned out in front of him, Balnikhov skipped to the lead for Frankie Dettori and could not be reeled in late. Crabs N Beer (Blofeld) made a bold bid, but settled for second while Running Bee (English Channel) claimed third.

 

Welcome to Baltimore, @FrankieDettori! Frankie with his signature flying dismount after piloting Balnikhov (Ire) to victory in Pimlico’s $500,000 Dinner Party Stakes (G3)! pic.twitter.com/chVtOwj10h

— FanDuel Racing (Formerly TVG) (@FanDuel_Racing) May 18, 2024

Sales history: €27,000 Ylg ’20 ARQSEP. O-Little Red Feather Racing, Madaket Stables LLC and Old Bones Racing Stable, LLC; B-T. de La Heronnierre & Gestut Zur Kuste AG (IRE); T-Philip D’Amato.

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