The lone graded Kentucky Derby 2012 prep at Turfway Park was run on Saturday and Went The Day Well emerged
as a contender on the first Saturday in May after cruising home in the
G3 Spiral Stakes for Graham Motion and Team Valor.
G3 Spiral (3-24-12): 92 BSF (Went The Day Well)
Heavy Breathing carved out the early splits for Todd Pletcher, with Went The Day Well positioned perfectly behind the speed along the rail under John Velazquez.
Pletcher’s other colt Holiday Promise was sitting midpack at almost 26-1 and expected early runner Handsome Mike broke 12th and last after losing his footing and getting bumped at the start.
Heavy Breathing put away overmatched pace rivals Ill Conceived and
Coach Royal but Went The Day Well was always traveling smoothly and
passed the front runner after six furlongs.
Holiday Promise made a wide move and tried to gain on the new leader
but got a bit weary in late stretch while settling for runner-up honors.