Integration remains perfect with ultra-sharp score in Hill Prince S. (G3)
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Integration kept his record intact with a scintillating performance in Saturday’s Hill Prince S. (G2) at Aqueduct, rolling to a five-length victory in the 1 1/8-mile turf affair for 3-year-olds.

The Eddie Woods training grad, who is owned by West Point Thoroughbreds and Woodford Racing LLC, has won all three of his starts by a combined 12 ¾-lengths and earned $473,000. His previous wins came in an Aug. 13 maiden debut at Colonial Downs, then in that track’s Virginia Derby (G3) on Sept. 9.

In the Hill Prince, Integration settled well off the early pace set by longshot Laurel Valley, who led the field through six furlongs in :47.43. Integration began cutting into the margin while three-wide around the final turn and was on even terms for the lead at the top of the stretch. Integration showed remarkable turn of foot after setting down for the drive and sprinted clear of the field to finish up the nine furlongs on the firm turf in 1:47.06.

“Those horses in front of me were going pretty well,” said winning rider Kendrick Carmouche. “I was sitting on the rail at the beginning, and I angled him out to the three path where they couldn’t keep me in there. This horse did everything on his own. This is a monster.”

Hall of Fame conditioner Shug McGaughey said the Pegasus World Cup Turf (G1) in early January at Gulfstream Park is a potential objective for the colt’s first start of his 4-year-old season.