Adios Charlie Comes Back in the Jerome

Adios Charlie
Zipse’s Kentucky Derby Daily – Day 14

With patrons ready to say adios to a rather tumultuous season, it was fitting to have an impressive son of Indian Charlie, named Adios Charlie, have the last laugh this afternoon at the Big A. Guided by a crafty ride from Rajiv Maragh, Adios Charlie won the closing day feature at Aqueduct going away to score by 2 ½ lengths. For much of the race though, victory in the $150,000 Jerome Stakes did not look like it would be that easy. 

After breaking on top, Adios Charlie relinquished the early lead to race favorite, Cal Nation. Sitting close to the leader through the early stages, the Stanley Hough trained colt moved on the leader on the far turn, but looked in trouble when Justin Phillip made a quick surge to nab the lead on the outside. As Astrology and Rattlesnake Bridge loomed on the outside, Adios Charlie became the forgotten horse down on the inside. Not for long. Finding a new gear on the sloppy Aqueduct strip, the $400,000 two-year-old in training purchase surged past the leader and went on to with sudden and surprising ease.

Adios Charlie covered the one mile in 1:36.81 and paid $14.60 as the 6-1 fifth choice. Astrology got up late to pass Justin Phillip for the place. Both the winner and runner-up are now possible entrants in the Preakness in four week’s time.

Regarding his next race, victorious trainer, Stanley Hough said, "There are a lot of options for 3-year-olds," he said. "We'll try to make the right decision. Obviously he's got some talent, and hopefully he'll move forward."

While the Jerome result represented yet another upset in a three-year-old graded stakes race this spring, the win should come as no real surprise to those who saw the powerful colt break his maiden just three and a half weeks earlier. That day, Adios Charlie made a most impressive return to the races when he ran away from a maiden field at Gulfstream Park. Under a hand ride by Maragh, he coasted by 6 ¾ lengths in solid time for the 6 ½ furlong affair. In his only previous race, Adios Charlie had finished a promising 2nd in a Belmont maiden race last October. During his layoff, the Stanley Hough and Robert Sahn owned runner recuperated from a stress fracture to his tibia.

With only three races under his belt, the Preakness would be a tall order, but Adios Charlie is obviously talented, and he is on an almost identical path forged by Bernardini only five years ago. In 2006, Bernardini also used a sharp maiden win at Gulfstream Park, and a victory in the one mile Withers, in his second and third lifetime races, to prepare for a Preakness victory on his way to a year-end championship.

In the day’s other stakes race for the sophomore boys, it was Derby Kitten rolling from last to first in the stretch to take the Lexington Stakes at Keeneland by 1 ½ lengths at odds of 9-1. The winner’s purse was not enough to get the son of Kitten’s Joy anywhere near the magic earnings number to get into the Derby, meaning none of today’s runners will make into the starting gate on the first Saturday in May.


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I like that they are not pushing him, but in this year of absolute chaos, who knows? You may have a point.
Great race by Adios Charlie. Still, not a bad race by Astrology in the slop. If it were me, in this wide open Derby field, to have a quality horse by AP Indy... I would run him in a heartbeat.

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