Photo: Jim McCue, Maryland Jockey Club
When the expected competition failed to show up, Sylvia
Heft’s Eighttofasttocatch had it his own way once again as he galloped to
victory in the $100,000 Broad Brush Stakes.
This was the tenth stakes win for the Tim Keefe trainee and
his third stakes victory in a row at Laurel Park after taking the Maryland
Million Classic and the Jennings Handicap this fall.
Under Forest Boyce, Eighttofasttocatch broke alertly from
his outside post, then rated off of frontrunner Warrioroftheroses until neither
he nor Boyce could wait no more. They pressed to the fore at the at the quarter
pole and pulled away to win by two lengths. A.P. Cino took second and Gourmet
Dinner finished third.
The winner covered the 1-1/8th mile distance in
1:53.01 and paid $3.40.
The expected competition, Lucy’s Big Boy, Ponzi Scheme and
Fred High, were just not heard from today.
“There were a couple of horses
in there today that had a lot of speed, so we knew that they would try him
early today,” said Boyce. “His best races, yes they have been when he is in
front, but at some point you know they’re coming after him. I just keep him
happy and try not to let him get too aggressive. He was very settled today and
he ran extremely fast the last 3/8ths. I don’t think he’s a one dimensional horse.
Sometimes the best game plan is to not have a game plan at all.”
“We worked on simulating the race with other horses in the
morning in case he had to race outside,” said Keefe. “Peter Brown, his
exercise rider, didn’t really have to ask him to go. He is such a smart horse,
he knew just what to do. The fractions were a little slower than we expected.
He is really right now. The race set up as we expected and he relaxed just off
the pace. When Forest asked him to go, he was ready.”
Leads Throughout In Marylander Stakes
Konrad M. Wayson’s Joint Custody broke alertly, quickly
assumed the lead and then turned back all comers as he raced to victory in the
Marylander Stakes for 2-year olds.
Wesley Ho was aboard for trainer John Robb as the son of
Outflanker completed the seven furlong distance over the muddy going in 1:25.38
and won by 1-3/4 lengths. Post time favorite Jessethemarine raced behind a wall
of horses before rallying into second, while Classic Giacnroll took third.
Joint Custody paid $7.80.
“His last race was a great schooling experience for this
horse,” said Ho. “Today he had the perfect post position. The game plan was to
go to the lead and go as easy as you can for as far as you can. It worked out
just right. He rated perfectly for me. When I turned for home I asked him to go
on and he just opened up very easily, very willingly. He gets to the lead and
he’s starts waiting for competition. He wants another horse. I had to tap him a
few times in the stretch to keep his mind on his business. He’s still a little
green, but this horse has got a lot of talent and I think he’s going to move
forward off of this effort.”
“We are aiming for the Juvenile (Maryland Juvenile
Championship – December 28th),” said Robb. “We had confidence today.
We schooled him the last time. We took him back and he learned how to run in
the dirt. His mother loved the mud and he had a good mud number. I told Wesley
that he has as much speed as anything in here, to stay outside of the rest of
them and let them run on the deeper part of the track. In the stretch he ended
up going to the rail anyway. He looked good today.“
This was Joint Custody’s first stakes win. His previous best
was a runner-up finish in the Maryland Million Nursery.
Home In Gin Talking Stakes
Shadwell Stable’s Mamdooha and Eddie Castro were content to
stalk the leaders until called upon for run, then picked off her rivals around
the turn and drew away to win the $100,000 Gin Talking Stakes, the first of
three stakes on the nine race program at Laurel Park.
Six 2-year-old fillies met the starter in the seven furlong
test over the muddy going and Mamdooha was the 3-5 favorite. The Kiaran
McLaughlin trainee completed the distance in 1:26.93 and paid $3.40. Tupancy
Links finished second, 5-1/4 lengths behind the winner, and Venice Queen came
home a distant third.
“I ride a lot of horses for Kiaran and he asked me if I
wanted to go to Laurel to ride this one,” said Castro. “I told him I did and my
horse ran very well. Kiaran does not give me instructions. He tells me to
decide what to do after the horse breaks and from leaves it up to me to ride
This was the first stakes win for the daughter of Daaher,
who left the maiden ranks at Aqueduct in her previous start.