Trainer Neil Drysdale is all smiles after taking the Grade 1 Woodford Reserve Turf Classic on Derby day.
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Although the Derby was the big dance of the day, there were five other stakes races on the card worth $924,050 total. Two track records were set in these races plus another in the first race of the day. The track was definitely playing VERY fast and seemed to be quite hard when I walked on it. The biggest of the supporting stakes was the Grade 1 Woodford Reserve Turf Classic at 1 1/8 miles on the turf which was won by Gainsborough Farm's White Heart, trained by Neil Drysdale. It was the second Grade 1 win for the 6 year old British bred gelding since he came to the US last year and his first start since September. Second place went to King Cugat who rallied from last to just miss by a neck while Brahms was third.
Pgm Horse Jockey Win Place Show 1 White Heart Stevens 14.60 6.80 4.20 5 King Cugat Bailey 3.80 2.60 6 Brahms Day 2.60 Winning Time: 1:48.75 $2 Exacta 1-5 58.20 $2 Trifecta 1-5-6 112.20Results Chart
White Heart holds off the late run of King Cugat for the win. Jockey Gary Stevens said: "The margin that he won by didn't speak to how easily he won. He was really playing around when he made the lead. I made the front a little early with him, he was waiting and Jerry's horse (King Cugat) actually headed him and he came back. He was playing a little in the last 50 yards."
White Heart in the winner's circle. Trainer Neil Drysdale said: "He ran very well. He's a lovely old horse. He's a fun horse to be around. He's a gelding. We gave him a long rest last year and he came back well. He responded to his rest."
Pgm Horse Jockey Win Place Show 5 Alannan Prado 21.00 9.20 6.00 2 Bonapaw Melancon 6.60 4.60 3 Exchange Rate Day 4.00 Winning Time: 1:20.50 (new track record 6.5f) $2 Exacta 5-2 140.80 $2 Trifecta 5-2-3 895.20Results Chart
Alannan runs down Bonapaw to win his second straight stakes race by 1/2 length, taking .68 seconds off the track record. The favorite at 6-5 was Trippi who showed some early speed but faded badly to finish 7th. Alannan's jockey Edgar Prado said: "We were rolling pretty well, and I was able to stay three or four lengths off the front. In the stretch the outside horse drifted a bit, and there was enough room that I could split the two. The horse on the front didn't want to give an inch. My horse closed real fast."
Alannan in the winner's circle. Trainer Carl Nafzger said: "The track is playing fair today. If they were running away on the front end, I'd say it wasn't fair. It's not a bias, that's good. Allanan was ready today. He was fitter, sharper, and better than before."
Pgm Horse Jockey Win Place Show *2 Open Story Day 4.00 4.00 2.40 *1A City Street Albarado 2.20 2.40 2.10 6 Storm Witch Meche 2.60 *dead heat Winning Time: 57.28 (new track record 5f) $2 Exacta 1-2 6.40 $2 Exacta 2-1 15.00 $2 Trifecta 1-2-6 21.40 $2 Trifecta 2-1-6 52.80Results Chart
Although you can't really tell it here because of the angle, City Street (1A) and Open Story (2) finished in a dead heat for the win while setting a new track record of 57.28 (old record was 57.60). City Street, a filly, was always close and took the lead by the head of the stretch. Open story tracked in fourth and closed to get to the wire at the same time. Storm Witch was another 1 1/2 lengths back in third.
City Street in the winner's circle. His jockey Robby Albarado said: "I thought I might have gotten up, but what an exceptional filly because my colt is nice. I'm looking forward to a good year with him."
Open Story in the winner's circle. Her jockey Pat Day said: "She was a very nice filly. She is very quick. She took the dirt in her face. She really came home running. This was a big race. I'm very, very proud of her."
Pgm Horse Jockey Win Place Show 8 Iftiraas Bailey 7.20 4.00 3.00 3 Gino's Spirit Day 3.80 2.60 4 Solvig Stevens 3.00 Winning Time: 1:36.69 $2 Exacta 8-3 23.80 $2 Trifecta 8-3-4 67.80Results Chart
Iftiraas prevails by a neck over Gino's Spirits after setting mos of the pace. Solvig was another 3 1/4 lengths back in third. Her jockey Jerry Bailey said: "She was a little rank in the run down the backside because she was in the open. She runs better when she is covered up."
Iftiraas coming back after the win. Pat Day aboard second place finisher Gino's Spirit said: "In the stretch I put her to the test. She tried to run the leader down, but the leader had it won."
Pgm Horse Jockey Win Place Show 2 Dream Supreme Day 5.00 2.60 7 La Feminn Solis 2.60 1 Nany's Sweep Flores Winning Time: 1:20.70 $2 Exacta 2-7 9.80 $2 Trifecta 2-7-1 43.00Results Chart
Dream Supreme winning by 1 1/4 over La Feminn in what would have been a track record performance had Alannan not lowered the mark earlier in the day. Alex Solis aboard favored La Feminn lost his whip at the 1/8th pole. Pat Day on Dream Supreme said: "I don't think dropping the whip had any bearing on the outcome. If he hadn't dropped it, the finish might have been a little closer. When my filly went by him she kind of let up a bit so I'm very confident that if he had come back at her, we still would have won because she had more in the tank than what she was giving me."
Pat Day cools Dream Supreme down with a wet sponge after the race while trainer Bill Mott looks on. Mott said: "I'm hoping this wasn't her best race. I'd like to see that come sometime around August. Hopefully we want to keep enough in the tank so that she'll still have something left at Saratoga. The Ballerina is a Grade 1 and it would be great if we could make that again."
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