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Went The Day Well Wins Spiral Stakes

Went The Day Well wins the Spiral Stakes
Went The Day Well followed in stablemate Animal Kingdom's footsteps with an easy score in the G2 Spiral Stakes at Turfway.

Sent off in the 12-horse field at 5-1, Went The Day Well broke well and was settled in mid-pack behind a moderate pace set by Todd Pletcher's Heavy Breathing, the 2-1 favorite under jockey Javier Castellano. Ill Conceived, piloted by 2004 Derby-winning jockey Stewart Elliot, pressed in second. Heavy Breathing covered the half well in-hand in :46.6 but appeared to be doing some heavy breathing on the backstretch. Went The Day Well and Holiday Promise simultaneously made their moves halfway on the final turn, with Went The Day Well getting the edge on Holiday Promise. At the top of the stretch they passed Heavy Breathing. Went The Day Well raced greenly, ducking out slightly, but he recovered and drew off to clinch the Spiral by 3 lengths.

The bay colt by Proud Citizen was ridden to victory by John Velazquez for trainer Graham Motion and Team Valor. Final time for the 1 1/8 mile race was 1:51.33.

Holiday Promise was also trained by Todd Pletcher and ridden by Junior Alvarado. Heavy Breathing held on to 3rd. Handsome Mike, who was expected to be on the pace, broke slowly and trailed the field, though he was able to close strongly for 4th.

The Spiral Stakes is the first major Derby prep to be run at 1 1/8 miles, a key stepping-stone for horses looking for roses on the first Saturday in May. Last year's Spiral winner, Animal Kingdom, went on to win the Kentucky Derby and place second in the Preakness. Animal Kingdom raced as the #4 horse in the Spiral, the same number as Went The Day Well.

Bourbonette Oaks

In Lingerie lead from gate to wire to take the Bourbonette Oaks at Turfway Park on the Spiral Stakes undercard.

Ridden by jockey John Velazquez, In Lingere broke well and took to the front, followed by stablemate Dancing Solo, under Javier Castellano. The bay filly was unpressured on the lead and coasted along to fractions of :25 and :49 for the first half. Original Kitten made a bold challenge on the backstretch, but was no real threat to In Lingerie. 

In the stretch, it was all In Lingerie as she drew off from Dancing Solo to a 4-length victory. Toxis was third. The final time for the 1 mile race was 1:38.28.

In Lingerie is trained by Todd Pletcher for Gary Barber and Eclipse Thoroughbred Partners.   


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Nice day for Johnny V!
I think the extra distance of the Derby will be a huge bonus, high class horse from a high class family! Did it well while still running green.
This horse has won the Spiral Stakes for now, but it'll be an extreme challenge for him in the KY Derby.

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