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Speedy Awesome Son Tops Longfellow

Daniel Ljoka’s Awesome Son knows one way to run, and that’s go-go-go from the get-go. And in Sunday’s $75,000 Longfellow Stakes, trainer Tim Kelly is hoping his 4-year-old carries that speed to the wire.


Awesome Son made his 2011 debut in the Decathlon Stakes here opening day, May 14, and in his first start in 10 months, went to the front as expected, but then tired through the stretch to be third, as if he needed the start.


“Sometimes even when you think you have them tight enough,” Kelly said, “they need a little more. He got a little tired that day, but he came out of the race good, and he’s doing super now. This looks like a good spot.”


The Pure Precision gelding finished more than seven lengths behind This Ones for Phil, who ran six furlongs in 1:09 3/5, and Wildcat Brief, two accomplished sprinters.


“He ran against monsters that day,” Kelly said. “He ran his eyeballs out, but they were better. I don’t see any horses like that in here.”


The six-furlong Longfellow drew a field of eight, including two horses who are recent winners in Sean Avery and Hillswick, and two making their seasonal debut in He’s So Chic and Super Robusto.


Awesome Son, who has won half of his eight lifetime starts, breaks from Post 2 with Francisco Maysonett aboard. And for a horse with his style, the start is most important.

“They key to him running well is a good break,” Kelly said. “He has to get out and go … and keep on going.”






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