Point of Entry runner had not raced since a third in 2018 Breeders’ Cup Mile (G1T).
Luis Cabrera didn’t hesitate when asked whether Analyze It’s impressive victory in the $152,500 Red Bank Stakes (G3T) at Monmouth Park signaled the long-awaited return for the talented 5-year-old.
“I would say after this that he is back—1:35 and change is impressive,” said Cabrera, who oversees trainer Chad Brown’s string at Monmouth.
Idle for 22 months, the multiple graded stakes winner made short work of his six rivals in scoring a sharp 1 3/4-length victory. A son of Point of Entry campaigned by William Lawrence, Analyze It was making his first start since a close third in the 2018 Breeders’ Cup Mile (G1T) at Churchill Downs.
The time for the mile on a firm turf course was 1:35.54.
“We weren’t concerned about the layoff the way he has been working to come back for this,” Cabrera said. “He just had a few problems, nothing serious. He has been working very good for this, so we had high expectations.”
With jockey Joe Bravo saving ground along the rail behind dueling leaders Abiding Star and Irish Strait through an opening quarter in :24.24 and then :48.55, Analyze It was eager for room entering the final turn. Bravo found a crease coming out of the turn, and Analyze It blew past the frontrunners.
Megacity rallied for second, 2 1/2 lengths ahead of Abiding Star.
“It’s so nice when you deal with the best of the best,” Bravo said. “He came over to the track with so much professionalism, so relaxed. Just by his demeanor, you can tell he’s a good one.
“He broke alertly, and what makes him such a professional is he has been taught to turn it off and relax. … He has run against the best of the best. This was a good spot for him to come back. He should get some confidence from this.”
Now sporting a 4-3-1 mark from nine starts, Analyze It boosted his earnings to $849,400. His victories include the 2017 Cecil B. DeMille Stakes (G3T) and 2018 Kentucky Utilities Transylvania Stakes (G3T). He was bred in Kentucky by P. Headley Bell, Nancy Bell, and NATO out of the Consolidator mare Sweet Assay. Analyze It has a 2-year-old full brother named Shirelle in training with Brown. and Sweet Assay produced a Kitten’s Joy colt in 2019. She aborted on an Oscar Performance cover this year and was bred back to the Mill Ridge stallion for 2021.
“Going forward now, that’s Chad’s decision,” Cabrera said of Analyze It’s next possible start.