Never Explain came with a furious rally in the final furlong to claim a well-deserved victory in the G3 Dinner Party Stakes at Pimlico Race Course on Saturday, 20 May.
The lightly raced son of Street Sense was making his Graded Stakes debut for trainer Shug McGaughey in the nine-furlong turf contest. Never Explain stopped the teletimer in 1:46.34, a new course record. The win improved his record to 5-1-2 in 15 career starts.
Settled in mid-pack while saving ground along the inside rail, Never Explain tracked G1 winner Atone through the early stages of the race. Swung into the clear on the far turn, jockey Flavien Prat put Never Explain under a drive at the top of the lane and the horse responded, prevailing by a half-length over Hurricane Dream and Emmanuel in a blanket finish.
Bred in Kentucky by Hidden Brook Farm and Godolphin, Never Explain is out of the Stakes-placed Forestry mare, Black Oak. Second dam is Stakes winner More For Me (More Than Ready), who has also produced multiple Stakes winner, Bishop’s Pond.
Never Explain is the 93rd worldwide Stakes winner and 40th Graded/Group winner for his sire Street Sense. In addition to the Dinner Party victor, Street Sense is also the sire of First Mission, winner of the G3 Lexington Stakes and Road Bloc, winner of the Listed Jebel Ali Sprint this year.
Street Sense is standing the 2023 season at Jonabell Farm for $75,000, stands and nurses.