Front Run the Fed beats big names in Saratoga's Better Talk Now

August 25, 2019 04:43pm

Under a patient ride by Jose Lezcano, who had Front Run the Fed at the rear of a six-horse field early in Sunday’s $100,000 Better Talk Now, the son of Fed Biz rallied to defeat familiar names Bourbon War and Bulletin at Saratoga.

Bulletin, the Breeders’ Cup Juvenile Turf Sprinter winner of 2018, set the fractions, going out in 23.74, 46.94 and 1:10.94 while Front Run the Fed was shuffled back into the first turn.

"He lost a lot of position," said trainer Chad Brown. "Not only was he last, but he was a few lengths from the second-to-last horse. But Jose went to 'Plan B.' That's why he's a top jockey on this circuit."

Lezcano got Front Run the Fed into rhythm, and he delivered what Brown called a "finishing kick" down the lane.

Bulletin just faded in the one-mile event to third, while Bourbon War was edged by about a neck for the win.

Bulletin was making his first start since his only other defeat last April in Churchill Downs' William Walker Stakes. Bourbon War, of course, ran in the Preakness Stakes and Belmont Stakes. This marked his turf debut.

Favoritism swapped between Front Run the Fed and Bulletin at post time. The winner eventually went off as the 7-5 top choice, finishing up in 1:34.29. Swamp Rat ran fourth.

Front Run the Fed took four starts to break his maiden but has moved quickly up the class ladder since then, entering the Better Talk Now off a May 17 allowance optional claiming victory at Belmont Park.

"He's a real afternoon horse," Brown said. "He's a very average horse in the morning. He has marginal workouts. But in the afternoon, when we put him on the turf, he really shows up."

A $300,000 yearling purchase, Front Run the Fed runs in the colors of Klaravich Stables, which also campaigns Horse of the Year candidate Bricks and Mortar.


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