Trainer Todd Pletcher's attempt at a sweep of Saturday's four two-turn Kentucky Derby (G1) preps was stymied in the $250,000 Southwest S. (G3) at Oaklawn Park as Zabeel Racing International's CONVEYANCE (Indian Charlie) successfully invaded from California for trainer Bob Baffert, posting a wire-to-wire score under Martin Garcia in the one-mile contest that was delayed five days due to an unsafe racing surface on its previously scheduled day of Monday. Setting rather quick splits of :22 3/5, :46 1/5 and 1:10 3/5, Conveyance had just enough left to fend off 7-2 third choice Dublin (Afleet Alex), the Hopeful S. (G1) winner, through the short stretch to finish three-quarters of a length ahead in a time of 1:36 4/5 over the fast strip. The 9-5 choice, Conveyance returned $5.60, $4 and $3.40.
Dublin, who had been unplaced twice since taking the Hopeful due to an entrapped epiglottis, since corrected by surgery, turned in a strong rally from near the back of the 10-horse field to finish 1 1/2 lengths clear in second, giving back $5 and $4.20. Cardiff Giant (Yankee Gentleman), at nearly 26-1, moved up from midpack to claim third by two lengths and paid $8.60. Fourth was Mission Impazible (Unbridled's Song), conditioned by Pletcher, who trained the winners of the Fountain of Youth S. (G2), Risen Star S. (G2) and El Camino Real Derby (G3) on Saturday. Next under the line were Crider (Closing Argument), Domonation (Maria's Mon), Pleasant Storm (Pleasant Tap), Cool Bullet (Red Bullet), 3-1 second choice Dryfly (Jump Start), and Kitty's Turn (Langfuhr). Dryfly had tracked right in behind Conveyance while racing closest to the rail early, but had nothing to offer rounding the far turn.
The exotics were worth $33 (exacta), $348.80 (trifecta), and $2,058 (9-3-5-10 superfecta).
Bred in Kentucky by Gulf Coast Farms, the undefeated Conveyance commanded $240,000 at the 2008 Keeneland September Yearling Sale and was sold privately to his current connections after his second start. He's now earned $254,400 from four starts. The talented sophomore opened his racing career with a 1 1/2-length tally in an October 31 maiden special weight at Santa Anita, captured a Hollywood Park allowance by seven lengths, then took the San Rafael S. (G3) by 1 3/4 lengths last time.
Conveyance is out of the Holy Bull mare Emptythetill and has a pair of younger half-siblings, the two-year-old colt Atlantic Bull (Stormy Atlantic) and a yearling filly by Half Ours. His third dam is Grade 2 winner Silent Account (Private Account), who is a full sister to Grade 1 hero Secret Hello. This is also the female family of 2008 Blue Grass S. (G1) winner, Monba (Maria's Mon).