Went the Day Well good in Spiral
VINERY RACING SPIRAL STAKES | PURSE: $500,000 | 3-YEAR-OLDS | GRADE 3 | 1 1/8 MILES
|4||Went the Day Well||$12.40||$6.00||$4.40|
FFLORENCE, Ky. -- Team Valor International president Barry Irwin was enjoying a heavy dose of déjà vu in the immediate aftermath of the Vinery Racing Spiral Stakes on Saturday at Turfway Park. "That wasn't horrible, was it?" a giddy Irwin asked rhetorically after watching Went the Day Well carry the Team Valor silks to a 3 1/2-length triumph in the Grade 3, $500,000 Turfway showcase. Um, not horrible at all. In much the same fashion that Animal Kingdom glided to victory in the Vinery Spiral last year, Went the Day Well also was dominant, sparking high hopes that perhaps he, too, will be capable of following it up with a Kentucky Derby victory. With John Velazquez aboard, Went the Day Well was fourth when he began gaining on the leaders from an inside position leaving the half-mile pole. Velazquez angled him out midway through the final turn, and then Went the Day Well did the rest, drawing away down the stretch while racing a bit greenly for his second victory in five career starts. He returned $12.40 as third choice in a field of 12 3-year-olds after finishing the 1 1/8-mile distance in 1:51.33 over Polytrack. The uncoupled Todd Pletcher duo of Holiday Promise, a 25-1 shot, and Heavy Breathing, the 2-1 favorite, finished second and third, respectively, separated by a length. Handsome Mike, the 7-2 second choice, rallied from last to finish two lengths farther back in fourth.
In The Gate Podcast
Interview with 2011 Kentucky Derby-winning trainer H. Graham Motion, who sends out Went the Day Well in Saturday's Spiral Stakes, on the road to the Kentucky Derby. ESPN's Jeannine Edwards provides analysis, plus a Barry Abrams commentary on Frank Stronach.
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