Fully Vested took command at the top of the stretch and pulled away to win the Aqueduct Turf Sprint Championship by seven-and-a-quarter lengths Nov. 30.
The always consistent gelding by Discreet Cat not only earned his first Stakes win, he now has hit-the-board in 12 of 14 career starts.
Ridden by jockey Jose Lezcano, Fully Vested broke sharply out of the gate and was content to stalk the early leaders Gidu and Vici while racing in third.
Around the far turn, Lezcano gave Fully Vested his cue and angled him three-wide, where he had clear aim on the leaders. Fully Vested hit another gear and shot to the front, then drew away through the stretch for the victory.
Fully Vested was bred in Kentucky by Darley, and races as homebred for Godolphin. He is out of the mare Trade Only, a Stakes-placed daughter of Unbridled. Trade Only is also the dam of Midnight Watch, winner of the Listed Riskaverse Stakes. Trade Only’s dam Amirati, is a daughter of the prolific broodmare Weekend Surprise - the dam of American Classic winners A.P. Indy and Summer Squall.
Discreet Cat is the sire of over 30 Stakes winners. In addition to Fully Vested, Discreet Cat is the sire of Secret Spice, winner of the G1 Beholder Mile; Trenchtown Cat, winner of the Sanibel Island and Ana T. Stakes; Discreet Smile, winner of the Fiesta Mile Stakes and Discreet Angel, a two-time Champion in Puerto Rico.