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Showcase (c, 2, Uncle Mo–Buy Sell Hold {SW & GSP, $125,520}, by Violence) fired a pair of bullets at Todd Pletcher’s Saratoga base and delivered as advertised as the 3-5 favorite to earn ‘TDN Rising Star’ honors on debut at the Big A Saturday.

Drawn widest of all in post five, Showcase traveled nicely beneath Irad Ortiz, Jr. in an outside second, hit the front while racing in between rivals approaching the quarter pole and took off nicely when asked the question at the top of the stretch to win going away by 7 1/2 lengths.

The pacesetter Protected (Maximum Security) held second by a whisker over $500,000 OBS April breezer Tiz Freedom (Tiz the Law).

Showcase, a half-brother to Bourbon Bash (City of Light), MSP, $511,294, becomes the 19th ‘Rising Star’ for leading sire Uncle Mo.

Buy Sell Hold, a full-sister to GISW and young sire Volatile, is also responsible for the unraced 3-year-old filly Sweet Pea (Union Rags) and a yearling colt by Gun Runner. She was bred to Life Is Good for 2024.

Sales history: $300,000 yrl ’23 KEESEP.

Owner: Harrell Ventures, LLC
Breeder: WinStar Farm, LLC (KY)
Trainer: Todd A. Pletcher

#5 Showcase wins easy in the opener at Aqueduct to win on debut for trainer Todd Pletcher with @iradortiz aboard!

This 2YO colt is out of stakes winner Buy Sell Hold.

#TwinSpiresReplay pic.twitter.com/buV6W0GNnd

— TwinSpires Racing (@TwinSpires) July 6, 2024

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