Enticed, who finished third in the Champagne Stakes, scored a big, if educational win against Tiz Mischief in the Kentucky Jockey Club Stakes.
Bumped in the first turn and escaping from Diamond King’s unseating of his rider, Enticed settled into fourth place as Promises Fulfilled set the early pace. Tiz Mischief started slowly and started slowly moving up in the backstretch.
In the middle of the far turn, jockey Junior Alvarado gave Enticed the signal, and the leggy colt exploded four wide to challenge for the lead. Meanwhile, Tiz Mischief sneaked in on the inside and took advantage of a tiring Promises Fulfilled to take the rail.
Enticed was also bumped in the homestretch as two or three horses drifted wide, but he and Tiz Mischief fought it out in the homestretch, neck and neck. It was a photo finish, with Enticed winning by a nose.
Diamond King was uninjured in the accident, but his rider, Frankie Pennington, was taken to the hospital with pain in his groin and a cut on his face.
The colt is the second son of Medaglio d’Oro to enter the Derby picture. Bolt d’Oro emerged as a threat earlier in the year before faltering to third in the Breeders’ Cup Juvenile.