Lookwhogotlucky showed some real determination today at Lone Star Park to break his maiden for trainer Steve Asmussen. When it looked like our 3-year-old colt, who had the lead in the stretch, was going to be passed, he dug in and gamely held sway for a nose victory as the 4-5 favorite favorite in the field of five.
He was not claimed out of the race.
Ridden by Rodolfo Guerra, Lookwhogotlucky broke well and then settled in the second spot behind pacesetter Russet Moon into the first turn and down the backstretch. He was about one length off Russet Moon through pedestrian early fractions of 24.01 seconds and 48.38 in the one-mile dirt race.
Set down by Guerra leaving the turn, Lookwhogotlucky had the lead at the top of the stretch, but True Dakotan was coming with a nice rally and took the lead briefly in deep stretch, but our colt re-engaged and battled back for the victory.
He returned $3.40 and completed the distance in 1:41.33.
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Once we have the race replay, we will share with you in an update.
A solid second-place finish today from Hero Status at Santa Anita in his second career start.
Ridden by Edwin Maldonado, Hero Status was closer to the pace than he was in his debut and was part of a quartet of horses who vied for the early lead after the nine-horse field broke from the starting gate in the seven-furlong race. The opening quarter-mile went in a sizzling 21.97 seconds. Hero Status then settled off the leaders down the backstretch, but was never more than a couple lengths off the lead after a half-mile was run in a snappy 44.95.
The eventual couple-length winner, Hopper, had the jump on Hero Status and came into the stretch with the lead. Our colt lost some ground going wide, but ran gamely on to finish second to a very nice-looking winner.
Maldonado was pleased with the effort given to him by Hero Status and shares his thoughts with our West Coast Racing Manager, Joe Moran, in the attached video.
We will check in with trainer Mark Glatt in the coming days to see how our Flatter colt came out of his race and will report back.
A very impressive performance today from Duke of Love, who was victorious at Woodbine, despite racing greenly during the running of the 6 1/2-furlong race.
Duke now remains undefeated at the Canadian track in two starts, and today’s win surely will have our team and trainer Josie Carroll thinking big for the colt with this summer’s prestigious Queen’s Plate at Woodbine on Aug. 21 as a major goal.
Ridden by Justin Stein, Duke of Love acted up a bit in the post parade and in the starting gate. When he and his three rivals left the gate, he was rank down the backstretch, but eventually settled to track the pacesetter Warp Ride in second position.
Coming out of the turn, Duke of Love was full of horsepower and came surging down the lane, while racing greenly, but still he was too good for his competition. He was a 5 1/4-length winner at the finish and completed the distance in 1:16.75. He returned $3.20 as the 3-5 favorite.
Justin spoke to our East Coast Racing Manager, Harry Rice, after the race and his interview can be heard in the attached video.
We had a good turnout today of Duke’s partners at Woodbine, and we’re sure he had many more cheering him on from home. Congrats to his each of his owners on this exciting victory from our very promising 3-year-old.
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We will check in with Josie in the coming days and will report back with how the son of Cupid exited his race.
Storm Shooter finished fifth today while making his first start in a claiming race in Race 2 at Belmont Park. The 4-year-old was not claimed.
Jockey Manny Franco sent Storm Shooter to the early lead from his rail post in the six-horse field as instructed by trainer Rob Atras. Our gelding set an opening quarter mile in a quick 22.53 seconds while under pressure from Daufuskie Island to his outside. Following the first quarter-mile, the eventual winner and favorite, Life Charger, joined the fray from the outside, and the trio of runners swung out of the turn into the stretch of the seven-furlong race after a half-mile was run in 45.51. At the top of the lane, Storm Shooter began to get leg-weary and was fading. He was beaten 8 1/4 lengths by the winner.
We will check in with the Atras barn in the coming days and we will report back on how Storm Shooter exited his race.
Salute to America ran an even race today to finish 6th at Belmont Park in his first race against winners and his initial start on the turf.
Ridden by Javier Castellano, Salute to America, who was 11-1 in the wagering, broke well on the dog-leg turn of the inner turf course race and then settled into seventh position on the outside of horses once the field reached the backstretch. Never more than several lengths off of the early leaders, Salute to America made a moderate move heading into the final turn to place himself in fifth position.
In the stretch of the 1 1/16-mile race, the 3-year-old ran evenly to finish nine lengths behind the winner, Saratoga Flash, in the nine-horse field.
Once we have feedback from trainer Tom Morley, we will share with our colt’s partners.
Please enjoy the race replay of Sixtythreecaliber’s victory from earlier this evening. The start of the race can be found at the 5:32 mark. You might want to watch this at least a few times, so carve out some spare time!
There’s winning a race and then there’s WINNING A RACE. In an incredible display of competitiveness and determination, Sixtythreecaliber dug down deep to break her maiden tonight over eight rivals at Horseshoe Indianapolis.
Your gutsy 3-year-old filly and jockey Edgar Morales hit the lead after a half-mile was run in the two-turn, one-mile race, but by the time Sixtythreecaliber reached the quarter pole, the heat was turned up a couple of degrees. Two horses, one to her outside and one to her inside, were applying pressure. Most horses would have thrown in the towel at that point, particularly one who was only making her second career start. But Sixtythreecaliber wasn’t having any of that and bravely held sway between rivals and came away with a nose victory.
Sixtythreecaliber returned $10.20 and completed the distance in 1:40.47.
We’re so proud of our filly and we know her partners are feeling the same way about this extraordinary and hard-fought victory.
Congratulations to all of her owners and also to trainer Tom Amoss, who had Sixtythreecaliber primed for a big effort tonight and picked a terrific spot for her to graduate.
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Due to contractual issues, we don’t currently have a replay available to share of the race, but we will circle back with one when available.