Jul 29 2017

By Alicia Wincze – BloodHorse

Jorge Navarro had an inkling he had negotiated himself a bargain when he convinced owners Michelle and Albert Crawford to lay out $80,000 to purchase El Deal privately earlier this season. After giving the son of Munnings a wicked litmus test during the $350,000 Alfred G. Vanderbilt Handicap (G1) July 29, it was safe to say the trainer’s gut had resulted in one serious return on investment.

El Deal’s first venture into grade 1 company produced a performance that was top-level at every point of call as he broke like a shot out of post 3 in the six-furlong Alfred G. Vanderbilt and never let his challengers have a fighting chance in route to a facile eight-length victory at Saratoga Race Course.

Read more: https://www.bloodhorse.com/horse-racing/articles/222804/el-deal-the-real-deal-in-alfred-g-vanderbilt

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