Anothertwistafate 'awfully sharp' after Preakness Stakes travel

Maryland Jockey Club
May 15, 2019 02:53pm
Anothertwistafate 'awfully sharp' after Preakness Stakes travel
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Peter Redekop B.C. Ltd.’s Anothertwistafate completed his transcontinental trip to Pimlico Race Course on Tuesday evening and took his first steps on the track surface for Saturday’s 144th Preakness Stakes about 11 hours later on Wednesday morning.


Anothertwistafate is the first Preakness starter for the veteran owner Redekop, a prominent real estate developer in Vancouver, B.C., and the first Triple Crown horse developed by 44-year-old trainer Blaine Wright. The Scat Daddy colt flew from Oakland, Calif. to Newark, N.J., and rode in a van for the final leg of his journey to Baltimore. Wright’s crew was waiting for him when he arrived at 8 p.m.


Wright said Anothertwistafate looked like he handled the trip well and was ready to get out of his stall for some light exercise at Pimlico. He went out to the track a little after 7 a.m.


“We turned the corner here and he was just getting up from a roll and actually squealed and bucked and played,” Wright said. “He was right at the front of the stall and was biting at us. We checked his (feed) tub; it was good. He seemed awfully sharp, so we just decided to take him out and let him stretch his legs for a little jog and have a little green grass.”


Anothertwistafate made one slow turn around the track. He is scheduled to gallop and school in the gate Thursday and Friday.


Redekop’s team acquired the colt for $360,000 as a 2-year-old at the OBS June 2018 sale and sent him to Wright, who is based year-round at Golden Gate Fields, the Bay Area track in Northern California. He was ninth in his debut at Santa Anita in November, but then reeled off three impressive wins at Golden Gate, topped by a seven-length victory in the El Camino Real Derby on Feb. 16. The El Camino Real Derby is a "Win and You're In" race for the Preakness.


Wright sent Anothertwistafate on the Kentucky Derby prep trail, where he was second by a neck in the Sunland Derby (G3) and second by 1 ¾ lengths in the Lexington (G3) at Keeneland. With that seasoning, the trip across country this week was not a concern.  


“He flew over to us from Florida so he already had the experience of flying,” Wright said. “He went to Sunland and then on to Lexington and back to Golden Gate. He knows what the deal is. Most of these horses do at this stage of the game. They’ve done it. They’re smart. He seems to travel good. He’s not one that gets real bothered by that and that’s a good thing.”


Wright said that having the El Camino Real Derby and the Preakness linked for the first time this year was a huge factor in getting his colt to the Triple Crown and preparing for the race.


“We got to run at our home base and showcase our horse and now we’re here,” he said. “If we can do good here maybe more people will use that type of a race for Golden Gate and put them on the map a little bit more as a springboard to the Preakness. If it’s successful, you would figure they would come back and do it again.”


Knowing that Anothertwistafate was assured a Preakness berth but probably was short of Kentucky Derby qualifying points enabled Wright to take him back to California and prepare for the Middle Jewel of the Triple Crown.


“For us, that was one of the deciding factors of whether to wait for the Derby and see if we got in versus coming here, a Win and You're In type of thing,” he said. “That speaks volumes when you can get into a race and it doesn’t cost you as much. And the two-week run back was a huge concern if we didn’t run good (in the Derby) because then you kind of spoil your plans for the race you are paid into. That was a big, big factor.”


The El Camino Real Derby was one of three qualifying races for this year’s Preakness with the Federico Tesio, won by Alwaysmining at Laurel Park, and the inaugural Oaklawn Park Invitational won by Laughing Fox.


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