Early voting in command throughout Withers - petsitterbank

Early voting in command throughout Withers

Early voting played a key role in the last presidential election. It could also be a factor in the upcoming Kentucky Derby presented by Woodford Reserve (G1).

Only in the latter case, rather than pieces of paper, is it a flesh-and-blood horse that has established itself as a prime contender for horse racing’s most coveted prize.

Early voting 3 year old son of gun runner owned by Klaravich Stables, sprinted into the Kentucky Derby picture on Feb. 5 taking the lead and earning a 4 1/2 win in the $250,000 Withers Stakes (G3) at Aqueduct Racecourse.

After a first victory at Aqueduct on Dec. 18 for trainer Chad Brown, Early Voting picked up 10 qualifying points for the Run for the Roses and improved their status by winning at a distance of 1 1/8 miles than many 3 years- old don’t tackle until their final preparation for the 1 1/4 mile Kentucky Derby.

“He’s a horse that’s going to improve with every race,” said assistant Dan Stubbs, who saddled Early Voting with trainer Chad Brown in Florida. “Every race is going to propel him, and we saw him in the morning with him. He was very impressive in his work. Especially in his last two works leading up to this one. He’s an exciting horse and I was really ready to see him race today. I think he will do well in his 3-year-old year.

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“He was raised for two rounds and he has incredible stamina,” Brown said. “He’s a solid horse with a lot of physical condition. I think he’s the kind of horse that can endure the tough races ahead. He’s a hearty horse with a lot of flesh to work with.”

Early voting may have a chance for an April 9 encore with Aqueduct’s 1 1/8-mile Wood Memorial Stakes presented by Resorts World Casino (G2) an attractive target for its next start and final Run for the Roses prep.

“I’ll speak with the owner, Seth Klarman, and come up with a plan,” Brown said. “Wood is a possibility. I have no plans to move the horse from New York at this time. I don’t see a scenario in which I move the horse. We’ve come this far and he seems to be thriving at New York. To move to a totally different climate where it’s warmer, like Florida, and more humid, I don’t see us doing that. I just don’t know what race we’re going to run in next.

Another option in New York would be the March 5 $300,000 Gotham Stakes (G3) on a one-lap mile, which offers 50-20-10-5 Kentucky Derby points. It is a preparation sometimes skipped by riders who prefer to keep their Derby prospects around two laps.

The Wood, in addition to a $750,000 purse, carries a much larger points structure of 100-40-20-10 for the top four.

Bred by Three Chimneys Farm in Kentucky, Early Voting was purchased by Triphammer Farm for $200,000 from Hill ‘n’ Dale sales agency consignment at the September 2020 yearling sale at Keeneland. He is the third of five foals and the only stakes winner for his dam, who also has a 2-year-old full sister from Early Voting and a yearling. Constitution filly.

The 4:30 p.m. start time for the Withers didn’t give jockey Jose Ortiz much time to get off the track and catch a flight back to Florida, and he rode Early Voting like he was in a hurry.

Ortiz and Early Voting quickly left the gate and took a two-length lead after half a mile in :48.04 on the muddy track. From there, the 6-5 favorite ($4.60 to win) continued to sail up front, increasing the lead to 3 1/2 lengths after six furlongs in 1:14.29.

On a not-so-pleasant day for stretching runners at Aqueduct, he sprang to a safe 6 1/2 length lead at the eighth post and completed the 1 1/8 miles in 1:55 .90 on a demanding surface. He drifted under the impulse of the left hand on the stretch.

“He’s still inexperienced and might have looked for company in the stretch,” Brown said. “It will go better with more seasoning.”

Cypress Creek Equine An eye a New York-raised son of Laoban trained by Tony Dutrow, rallied from the last 11 field at 28-1 odds to take second place and pick up four points in the Kentucky Derby.

Grandview Equine and Don Alberto Stable Golden age (Gold medal ) had a head back in third and 1 3/4 length in front Grantham (Declaration of war ), who was fourth.

Gilded Age scored 2 points and Grantham 1.

Video: Withers S. (G3)


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