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Tuesday, May 28, 2019

ST. PETERSBURG, Fla. – Barts Lear Jet, the youngest starter in the $20,000 Remembrance Stakes championship field, won his first career title Monday at Derby Lane.

The victory snapped a three-year stakes drought at the Florida West Coast track for the Bartley Corporation operation. Kennel owner Rick Bartley and son, Travis Bartley, of Abilene, Kan., bred and own Barts Lear Jet.

Breaking from the No. 3 box, Barts Lear Jet never relinquished the lead after breaking first. The 20-month-old male from a litter by KC And All and Bartssheswaycool built as much as a 3-length advantage at the second race call of the 550-yard event before eventually prevailing by 1-1/2 lengths in 30.92 seconds.

Barts Lear Jet paid $17.80 as the fifth choice, igniting a huge $1 superfecta payout of $11,694 on the 3-5-1-4 combination with the race’s four longest shots taking the top four places. Damian Martinez (Capabal kennel), a 16-1 outsider, finished second followed by TNT Sherlock (Patriot) at 13-1, and Imark Hershey (Abernathy) at 19-1.

The remaining order of finish was Flying Prentiss (Everett Racing), even-money favorite CBJ Buttercup (Xtrem Racing), Son Shine (ABC Racing) and Flying Saloon (Everett Racing).

“I figured whoever went to the lead was going to have a pretty good chance (to win),’’ Bartley Corporation manager and trainer Ken Brotherton said. “He got lucky and came out with (the early breakers), and beat them into the (first) turn. I felt pretty good after that.’’

Barts Lear Jet, which had not faced top-grade competition entering the Remembrance, earned $9,000 for his seventh overall victory from 28 starts.

Bartley Corporation’s previous Derby Lane stakes winner was Barts Mr Peabody in the $20,000 Gold Trophy Juvenile on Oct. 15, 2016. The Remembrance was the track’s final 550-yard stakes of the 2018-19 campaign.

Don Jensen

I have been a sports writer in the newspaper industry for 40 years: working in Florida, Maryland and Virginia. I moved to Florida in 1984 after serving as the publicity director of Charles Town Race Track, a thoroughbred facility in West Virginia. I reside in Tampa, Fla., and cover the Tampa Bay area parimutuel scene – both greyhounds and thoroughbreds – and write about high school sports for the Tampa Bay Times.