Progressive type Brother O’Connell (4h Giant’s Causeway x Shared Dreams by Seeking the Gold) snared his first Black Type victory when overcoming wet conditions to win the $196,000 Mohawk Stakes at Belmont.
Brother O’Connell was previously prepared by Christophe Clement, but was switched to the Tom Morley barn for 2016.
A two time winner back in May at Belmont, Brother O’Connell was thereabouts in subsequent runs, but took the initiative to lead in this 1 and 1/16th mile contest and kept going to win by a neck.
“I had a feeling he could handle it, but I didn’t think I could beat Ralph Nicks’ horse [Tapitation],” Tom Morley remarked.
“Johnny [Velazquez] gave him an absolute peach of a ride. He never let them get a breather in next to him. On the backside, he gave the horse half a moment just to catch his breath. As soon as Tapitation came to him, I didn’t think he’d get by. It’s a testament to our horse. He’s come a long way this year.”
Brother O’Connell has the overall record of five wins from 14 starts with prizemoney topping $290,000.
A $125,000 Keeneland September Yearling Sale purchase, Brother O’Connell is the best of three winners from stakes-winner Shared Dreams.
He is the 168th stakes-winner for champion sire Giant’s Causeway.