Trainer Kiaran McLaughlin went old-school Wednesday with Tranquil
Manner, sending the big-bodied Darley colt for a two-furlong blowout in the
morning and saddling him to a last-to-first upset over Birdrun in a $57,000
optional claimer that same afternoon.
“It’s the first time I’ve ever done it,” said McLaughlin. “I
took a page out of Chief’s [Hall of Famer H. Allen Jerkens] book. He’s a big,
heavy horse. My brother Neal wanted to do it, so we let him go a quarter-mile
at the Greentree Training Center,
out three-eighths. We were able to do it because of the elimination of the
However, McLaughlin said he does not foresee making a habit
out of it.
“It worked – this time,” he said.