Marilyn’s Guy, making his first start
in nearly 11 months, out-battled favored San
Pablo in a lengthy stretch duel to take Aqueduct
Racetrack’s $75,000 As Indicated overnight stakes by a nose on Saturday.
Following a tardy start, Marilyn’s Guy raced unhurried in fifth
as he trailed the field through an opening quarter-mile in 24.53, ranged up
three wide to draw within striking range approaching a half in 48.45, drew even
with odds-on favorite San Pablo following three-quarters in 1:12.09, gained the
upper hand from that rival in the final strides.
Marilyn’s Guy, the 3-1 second choice, returned $8.00 for a $2 win
wager and completed one mile in 1:37.37.
“I just caught [the break] at the wrong time where he threw his
head and got left,” said winning jockey C.C. Lopez. “From there, I
had to ad lib, because I’m supposed to be head and head with San Pablo. To make a long
story short, that’s what I get the big bucks for, and I was able to pull
it off. [San Pablo]
ran fabulous as well, gave me all I could handle.”
The As Indicated was Marilyn’s Guy’s first outing since finishing
second in the Harrison E. Johnson last March at Laurel Park for trainer Steve
Asmussen, who had claimed the gelding for $50,000 out of a victory in a Big A
optional claimer earlier that month. Following the Johnson, Marilyn’s Guy
was transferred to the barn of Tony Dutrow, who gets the credit for the As
“I was happy when they were coming down the stretch; I
wasn’t too happy when they were going around the clubhouse turn,”
said Paul McClelland, assistant to Dutrow. “We expected the horse to come
out of the gate and pretty much be on the lead. When he wasn’t, Chuckie
[Lopez] did everything right; he sat back and waited, and the horse was full of
run. It all worked out well. Tony had him down at Palm Meadows for the past
four weeks, and he was very well prepared. It was a pleasant surprise.
It’s hard to win off a 10 or 11-month layoff.”
Marilyn’s Guy, 8-5-4 in 24 starts, earned $45,000 on Saturday,
pushing his bankroll to $285,695. The 6-year-old son of Yonaguska was bred in Kentucky by Chesapeake
Farm and Mary R. Odom.
Linebacker made a belated bid to finish third, 1 ¼ lengths behind the
winner, with Isn’t He Perfect and Day of Destiny completing the order of