BALTIMORE -- It was same time, next year on Saturday at Pimlico for trainer Al Stall Jr. and owner Adele Dilschneider. One year after winning the William Donald Schaefer Stakes with Blame, the eventual Breeders' Cup Classic winner, they struck again Saturday at Pimlico with Apart, who tenaciously outfought Colizeo for a neck win in the Grade 3, $100,000 race for older horses.
Apart ($4.40), the favorite, prevailed under jockey Garrett Gomez after a prolonged stretch battle, covering 1 1/16 miles on a fast, but dull, main track in 1:43.70. Icabad Crane was another 1 1/2 lengths back in third.
Apart, winner of last year's Super Derby, was expected to have a big year this year at age 4, but he lost three straight races at Fair Grounds in January, February, and March.
"I don't want to say he's a slow learner, but he's taken his time picking things up," Stall said. "I think he'll do better later in the year and the farther he goes."
Stall said he would look at the Stephen Foster Handicap at Churchill Downs, or the Cornhusker Handicap at Prairie Meadows, for Apart's next start. Blame won last year's Foster.
Apart was bred by Dilschneider at Kentucky's Claiborne Farm, where his sire, Flatter, stands.