Stallwalkin’ Dude added another Graded stakes victory and another chapter in a growing legend by winning the 104th running of the Fall Highweight H. (G3) on Thanksgiving Day at Aqueduct.
The Sallusto & Albina bloodstock private purchase races in the colors of his trainer David Jacobson and Head of Plains Partner, LLC. The Fall Highweight is the gallant gelding’s eighth blacktype score, second Graded, and 20th overall victory in a career spanning 59 starts. His bankroll now stands at $1,688,852.
Stallwalkin’ Dude stayed off Green Gratto’s early Fall Highweight fractions of a quarter-mile in 22.21 seconds with the half going in 45.84. Out of the turn, the 7-year-old son of City Place, who was carrying high weight of 134 pounds, rallied under a hand-ride by jockey Joel Rosario, overtaking Ready for Rye from the outside and completing six furlongs in 1:11.11 on the main track, winning by 1 3/4 lengths.
“It shaped up perfect,” said Jacobson. “He came from off the pace. Had a little bit of trouble. There was nowhere to go. It’s the problem you have with a horse like Stallwalkin’ Dude and they tried to block him and make it hard for him, but he overcame it. And he got through and he won the race
As he’s done for most of Stallwalkin’ Dude’s career, Jacobson made all the right moves, scratching the horse from Wednesday night’s $200,000 Fabulous Strike Handicap at Penn National. He won that race anyway with Chief Lion.
“There was a lot of discussion between me and my staff to really figure this out and we came up with the right decision,” Jacobson said.
The Fall Highweight victory continues an exceptional November for Sallusto & Albina clients. On Breeders’ Cup Saturday, private buy Caledonia Road stormed home in the Juvenile Fillies and private buy Beach Patrol fell just short in the Turf. Yearling buy Dark Templar was an impressive debut winner that same afternoon at Churchill Downs.
Another private buy, Grace and Dignity, placed in the $100,000 Glorious Song S. in her stakes debut on November 19th at Woodbine. Ten days earlier the $800,000 yearling Moondance, who was bred and raised by Sallusto & Albina for Newton Anner Stud, broke her maiden in New York.