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Race #10 – The G-3 Spiral Stakes – 1 1/8 on the all weather
Kitten’s Cat entered as the luke warm favorite and bled this day while still showing a game effort. The lightly raced Parlor for the Eddie Kenneally barn and Soglio from the barn of Graham Motion was making his turf – poly switch for the ultra-talented barn. But as many runnings have shown, the Spiral Stakes sometimes leaves more questions than answers.
En Hanse for Mike Maker for owner Dr. Kendall Hansen played the rabbit breaking from the #12 post and crossing over to the rail before they reached the finish line for time. The entry mates were 1-2 at the quarter pole and the fractions were solid. PA-bred Fast and Accurate tracked closely to the leader and pounced at the 5/16th’s pole to get into contention before the fast closing runners would be heard from down the lane. A well-timed ride by Tyler Gafflione showed this son of Hansen is maturing at the right time. In the race you have to give added points to fast closing Blueridge Traveler who seems to be figuring out racing with every start. Also toss in Kitten’s Cat who clipped heels and checked and was found to have bled after the race.
Race #9 – The G-3 Sunland Derby – 1 1/8 on the main
Bronze Age came into the race as the M/L favorite and trainer Bob Baffert has owned this race for many years. Irap for the Doug O’Neill barn and the undefeated Conquest Mo Money was going to have overcome the outside post. – This race is better than you would think at first glance and be sure and focus on the top two finishers down the lane.
Conquest Mo Money ran his race and had much to do from the outside post blazing away picking up the pace setters and making a strong bid. He still deserves a good hard look moving forward. – Hence did everything right and was ultra-impressive down the lane for the Steve Asmussen barn. The way he engaged and then moved off strongly shows a maturing runner who have caught the attention of players next time he hits the track.