By My Standards nails Rushie on the wire in Oaklawn Mile

By My Standards nails Rushie on the wire in Oaklawn Mile
Photo: Coady Photography

Last year’s Oaklawn Handicap (G2) winner By My Standards, making his first start since two disappointing efforts last November, made a winning return to Hot Springs for owners Allied Racing Stable LLC and Spendthrift Farm LLC when he got up in the final stride to win the $400,000 Oaklawn Mile by a nose over 9-5 favorite Rushie.

By My Standards was sitting fifth early as Pioneer Spirit set the early pace through an opening quarter mile in :23 1/5 and half mile in :47 4/5. The winner was four wide coming around the turn, while Rushie got the early jump from the inside and started to shake clear of the field entering the stretch, but By My Standards proved too good at the end, covering the one mile in 1:37 4/5 over a fast track. Wells Bayou came from last to get third.

“I was trying to get that one position I wanted on the first turn,” jockey Gabriel Saez said. “I got bounced around a little bit, but I relaxed and just tried to keep in that striking position...When we turned for home, my horse just left them and kicked in the extra gear I was expecting from him. Luckily we got there.”

By My Standards, a 5-year-old Goldencents horse trained by Bret Calhoun, improved his career record to 7-4-1 in 15 starts and has now earned $2,069,203. He returned $6.80, $3.40 and $3 as the 2-1 second choice.

“Watching it live, I thought he did (win)," Calhoun said. "But when I started watching the replay, I thought he might have gotten beat on the bob. He was really ready. He really was well prepared, but I was more concerned about the short stretch mile, honestly. He's just a really good horse and he keeps overcoming."

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