On Saturday at Turfway Park, a field of 11 three-year-olds contested the $500,000 Vinery Spiral Stakes (G3), a major Kentucky Derby prep 6 weeks before the first Saturday in May, run at 1 1/8 miles over the Polytrack. Conditions were less than ideal with overcast skies, temperatures in the mid 30's and a stiff wind of 22 mph. John Battaglia Memorial Stakes winner Positive Response was sent off as the 8-5 favorite over 3-1 second choice Animal Kingdom, making his stakes debut after finishing a close second in allowance company, and 6-1 third choice Decisive Moment, fifth in the Risen Star (G2) after winning the Jean Lafitte.
Positive Response was sent to the front by Julien Couton and was pressed by Son of Posse and Decisive Moment through fractions of 22.57 and 46.56 over the fast surface. On the turn, Decisive Moment moved up to challenge, taking over the lead at the 3/8 pole through 6f in 1:12.57. Animal Kingdom, who settled in midpack saving ground early, came out 5 wide for the drive and rallied to pass Decisive Moment inside the 1/8 pole to win going away by 2 3/4 lengths in 1:52.32. It was another 3 1/4 lengths back to Twinspired third, while favorite Positive Response tired badly late to finish 8th beaten 16 3/4 lengths.
Results Chart from Daily Racing Form