Up Hill Stable’s Clearly Now
rated kindly in fifth down the
backstretch of Saturday’s $150,000 Swale Stakes (G3) under jockey Luis
Saez, rallied around horses at the top of the stretch in the
seven-furlong test, and edged clear to score by 1 ¾ lengths over Herman
Van Den Broeck’s 50-to-1 longshot Singanothersong.
Clearly Now was making his first start since finishing third behind
Itsmyluckyday and Shanghai Bobby in the $400,000 Holy Bull Stakes (G3)
going 1 1/16 miles on Jan. 26 in his 3-year-old debut. The Kentucky-bred
son of Horse Greeley won his first two starts sprinting at Woodbine in
Canada last year for trainer Brian Lynch before a third-place try in the
Display Stakes racing over a distance for the first time on Dec. 1.
Singanothersong dueled for the lead from the start in the Swale
through moderate fractions of 23 and 46 1/5 with Curtis Green’s 45-to-1
longshot Tulira Castle in the field of 11 3-year-olds until Clearly Now
caught them nearing the eighth pole. Wes Welker’s Undrafted finished
third, beaten a nose for second while Perretti Racing’s even-money
favorite Forty Tales checked in fifth.
“The turn back in distance worked out very well,” said Lynch of
Clearly Now. “He bobbled a little at the start which may have been a
blessing in disguise. Luis (Saez) gave him a great ride and didn’t rush
him. Then he finished up strong.
“With a 3-year-old you’re always tempted to think of the big races.
We’ll see how he comes out of it and talk about what’s next. If we
decide to try him long again, the Florida Derby is here and would be a
possibility. Who knows? He might turn out to be a top turf miler. We’ll
"We had a little trouble at the half-mile pole” said Saez. “When I
took him out he was flying. I like this horse a lot. I knew I had a good
chance from his last race. He finished third last time running against
Itsmyluckyday and he needed that race, so I knew he'd do well today.
Clearly Now paid $16 for $2 to win and was timed the seven furlongs in 1:23:19 over the ‘fast’ track.