Expedited Vision puts perfect record on the line in Quick Call

HorseRacingNation.com
August 06, 2017 11:06am
Saratoga starting gate 12-19-09
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Undefeated Expedited Vision will put his perfect record on the line for his stakes debut in Wednesday's $100,000 Quick Call for 3-year-olds going 5 ½ furlongs on the Mellon turf course.

Co-owned by D Hatman Thoroughbreds and trainer Phil Schoenthal, Maryland-bred Expedited Vision drew post 5 in the six-horse field. Regular Laurel Park-based rider Sheldon Russell will come in for the mount at 117 pounds.

Schoenthal is no stranger to Saratoga, having run second with multiple stakes-winning filly Miss Behaviour in the Grade 1 Test and Grade 2 Prioress in 2014. Last summer, he finished eighth with Inspired Flight in the Grade 3 Schuylerville.

"I don't know if he's that kind of horse or not and I don't know if he's better on the grass or the dirt, but it's been a goal of ours every year to try to win a race at Saratoga," Schoenthal said. "If you're not going to take an undefeated horse up there to take a shot in a minor stakes race, then what horse are you going to take? We're going to go up there and try to check that box of having our fun at Saratoga for a couple days and take our shot of winning a race on the big stage."

Expedited Vision went unraced at 2 and has aced both his starts this year at Laurel, taking his June 9 debut by a length at odds of nearly 23-1 going 5 ½ furlongs on the turf. Schoenthal put the Hansel gelding on the dirt for an optional claiming allowance 15 days later, and he responded with a 6 ½-length rout.

"We liked the horse early on. He was getting ready for the very first 2-year-old race in New York for $100,000 last year, and at that time we felt like he was the best 2-year-old we'd had in a long, long time," Schoenthal said. "He was breezing lights-out and we were confident that he was going to be extremely hard to beat.

"Then he got hurt the last workout right before the race and he was 15 months getting back to the races after two surgeries," he added. "It was kind of a long, long haul. It was a patient time and we felt like we wanted to do the right thing by the horse and do all we could do to get him back and give him every opportunity."

Expedited Vision is listed at 5-1 on the morning line for the Quick Call, where Malraux, coming off back-to-back wins at Arlington Park, is the 2-1 program favorite. Also entered are Blind AmbitionMongo Nation, stakes winner The Money Monster and Indy Hill.

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Long respected for its success on the Mid-Atlantic circuit, the Gaudet family has been training thoroughbreds since the late 1950s. For the first time this summer, it has brought that tradition to Saratoga.

Team Gaudet, headed by 29-year-old Lacey Gaudet with help from her mother, Linda, has a handful of stalls at the Oklahoma training track. They have alternated being here and managing a full string at their main base of Laurel Park.

I Stand Alone, a 7-year-old gelding they own along with David and Illana Cramer, gave Team Gaudet its first starter of the meet in Sunday's opener.

"I'm still kind of in shock that we're doing it," Lacey Gaudet said. "We said that we would apply for stalls and if we got them we would make our best effort to go. We have a few that fit up there but we have to be there to claim; that's going to be the big thing. We have a lot of clients that want to claim and ... it's the only way to get new fresh horses.

"When they called and told me that we had stalls I said it was kind of like being accepted into Harvard," she added. "The Saratoga acceptance letter was just as good. It's our Harvard."

Gaudet is coming off a career year where she won 31 races including multiple stakes and earned more than $850,000 in purses. Her father, Eddie, won 1,735 races as a trainer between 1959 and 2011, when he retired at the age of 81 and his wife took over the stable. Gaudet had been training on her own before joining forces with her mother last year.

Lacey Gaudet shipped in to run two horses at Saratoga last August, finishing third with Pret Say Eye and sixth with Big Air in a pair of claiming events. Before leaving they also picked up the British-bred mare Marabea, a $25,000 claim that won the first two starts for her new connections including the $125,000 Tiara on Claiming Crown Day Dec. 3 at Gulfstream Park.

In addition to working for her father, Gaudet was an assistant for trainers Helen Pitts at Gulfstream and Allen Iwinski at Saratoga before going out on her own. She won five races including three stakes last year with John Jones, a horse she claimed for $25,000 at Laurel. Gaudet's younger sister, Gabby, is a NYRA TV racing analyst.

"We're not going up there to take over the world. I'll be ecstatic if we win a race," she said. "I'll be very pleased with a few seconds and thirds, and if we can bring back two or three horses that are half as nice as Marabea, which we got up there last year, it'll be worth the trip. We hope to have some fun."

Source: NYRA Communications

 

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