On Saturday at Turfway Park, a field of 12 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 excellent with cloudy skies and temperatures in the mid 60's. Heavy Breathing was sent off as the 2-1 favorite, undefeated in two starts, his debut and an allowance both at Gulfstream Park. In to challenge him included 4-1 second choice Handsome Mike, third in the El Camino Real Derby (G3) at Golden Gate, and 5-1 third choice Went the Day Well, who broke his maiden last out at Gulfstream.
Heavy Breathing was sent to the lead first time past the stands by jockey Javier Castellano, and he set fractions of 23.10, 46.98, and 1:11.86 while pressed by 10-1 Ill Conceived just to his outside. Entering the stretch, Went the Day Well, who was 4th early, circled the pacesetters and gained a short lead at the 3/16 pole, through 1 mile in 1:38.07. He drew off late to win by 3 1/2 lengths over late-runnng 26-1 Holiday Promise in 1:51.33 over the fast Polytrack. It was another length back to pacesetter and favorite Heavy Breathing third.
Results Chart from Daily Racing Form