Run earned her first win in North America under a patient ride by Jose
Lezcano in the Grade 3, $150,000 Beaugay on Kentucky Derby Saturday at
by Chad Brown for Martin Schwartz, Waterway Run suffered two narrow
defeats to begin her 2014 campaign, including a nose loss in the Grade 3
Hillsborough at Tampa Bay Downs. On Saturday, she was on the other end
of the photo.
alertly, the 4-year-old daughter of Arch settled in midpack for Lezcano
behind the pacesetting Assateague, who led the field through an opening
quarter-mile in 24.21 seconds and a half in 48.15. After three-quarters
in 1:12.63, a seam opened for Waterway Run at the top of the stretch
and she adroitly bounded through it and charged her way to the finish to
prevail by a neck.
thought Jose did a good job," said Brown. "It looked like she was in
tight quarters for most of the race and he just bided his time. When she
got in the clear she showed the kick that she has; we were very pleased
with the performance and the ride. The distance was key for her. A mile
or a mile and a sixteenth is her game."
Lezcano was quick to point out that his filly's versatility enabled him to give her an ideal trip.
had a very good trip," said the rider. "She broke good, and I got the
position I wanted. She's the kind of filly who will do whatever you ask
her. She held her position nicely all the way and when I said, 'Go' she
went and won the race. Very impressive."
Run covered the 1 1/16 miles, run over "good" ground, in 1:42.75 and
returned $6.60 to win as the slight favorite. Her career bankroll now
stands at $182,789.
Orion Moon endured a bit of an unlucky trip under jockey Junior
Alvarado. The 5-year-old mare trained by Christophe Clement appeared
full of run entering the stretch, but was caught in tight and had to
wait, then duck toward the rail to find room to run.
had a perfect trip," said Alvarado. "If I could have changed anything,
if I had found my spot to turn for home and run a sixteenth earlier than
when I did, it might have made a difference. Nevertheless, she gave me a
was another 1 ¼ lengths back to Byrama in third. Scampering, English
Class, Assateague and Irish Mission completed the order of finish.
Watsdachances, Natalie Victoria (MTO) and Sunny Desert (MTO) were