It wasn’t that it wasn’t expected, it was more like it was
unexpected at the sixteenth pole when it didn’t appear that Class Break was
going to get up in time. But, photos don’t lie. It was close at the finish, in
fact there was a dead heat for second place. When the photo did display, Class
Break was the clear winner, by a head, and had just scored her second straight
Illinois-bred stakes victory.
The fractions of the race were honest. The went :24.33,
:48.01, 1:13.68, 1:41.00 and got the mile and a sixteenth in 1:48.12.
Bred by Renee and Wayne Catalano, trained by Wayne Catalano
and owned by daughter Shelbi Catalano, Class Break was stretching out and
trying two turns for the first time. She came from off the pace in all of her
previous races and utilized that same running style to score her third victory
from five career starts.
“I was a little worried,” admitted rider Florent Geroux.
“But, she ran the same way the last time so I thought she could do it. My main
concern was saving ground early, which we did, and then putting her in position
to make her run. I had my sights set on the two horses (favored Our Domain and
third-choice Diva’s Diamond) ahead of us at that time but at the three-eighths
pole we were going nowhere. However, when she switched leads in the lane, she
started picking it up little by little and…we won. I knew we had it at the
wire. The 2 horse (Diva’s Diamond) came out on us a little but it didn’t really
bother her. That was my fourth win of the day. It was like the cherry on top of
Chris Emigh, rider of the post-time favorite Our
Domain, thought they held on for second. "She stumbled a little out of the
gate. At the end, I thought we had it, but then the light came on. The last
couple of jumps she eased off, almost like she was thinking she had to jump the
Class Break earned $53,460 for the victory. She has now
earned $150,607 in her career. As second choice she paid $6.00, $2.60, and
$2.40. Favored Our Domain returned $2.10 and $2.40 (ok) dead heating for
second. Diva’s Diamond returned $2.20 and $2.40 (ok)