Weiland outgames Myhotrodlincoln in Kentucky Juvenile

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May 03, 2018 07:11pm
Weiland wins 2018 Kentucky Juvenile
Photo: Coady Photography
John Ennis’ Weiland outgamed Myhotrodlincoln by a head to win the 25th running of the $100,000 Kentucky Juvenile for 2-year-olds before a record Thurby crowd of 48,134.

Trained by Ennis and ridden by Carlos Villasana, Weiland covered five furlongs on a fast main track in :59.32. It was the first career stakes win for Ennis.

“I thought the odds didn’t do him justice," said owner/trainer Ennis. "He’s a nice colt. He had run well at Keeneland and was on target to improve off his first career start. He’ll improve off this one. He’s an honest, gutsy colt and there is more to come from him.”

The victory was worth $60,760 and increased the bankroll of Weiland to $62,560 with a record of 2-1-0-0. Weiland is a Kentucky-bred son of Yes It’s True out of the More Than Ready mare Ready to Party.

Myhotrodlincoln set the pace with Weiland racing just to his outside. The two separated themselves from the field of seven quickly and duo dueled as a team through the stretch with Weiland edging clear at the wire.

Weiland returned $41.40, $14 and $6.60. Myhotrodlincoln, ridden by Robby Albarado, returned $3.60 and $2.80 and finished 2 ¼ lengths in front of Baytown Mecca, who paid $3.60 to show under James Graham.

Favored Luv This Lifestyle finished another head back in fourth and was followed in order by Derby City, Blazin Liason and Mr. Granite.

Earlier on the Thursday program, Turf Stable’s Mr Cub swept past dueling leaders Shakhimat and Trust Factor at the head of the stretch and cruised to a 1 ¼-length victory over First Premio in the 13th running of the $71,600 Opening Verse overnight stakes.

Trained by Ian Wilkes and ridden by Chris Landeros, Mr Cub covered the mile on a firm Matt Winn Turf Course in 1:34.69. The victory was worth $42,960 and increased Mr Cub’s earnings to $249,917 with a record of 12-4-2-1.

“I had a good trip, it set up nice," winning rider Landeros said. "The first couple horses kind of went out there and ding-donged it head and head the first half. I just bided my time and let him take a deep breath. He’s doing good right now, he puts you in a good spot and he’s doing really well. He gave me a good punch for the end. I thought I’d be one-two-three (on or just off the pace). I didn’t expect them (the leaders) to go head and head like that, but it worked out nice for me today. So I took the hand I was dealt and bided my time and it worked out today.”

Mr Cub is a 4-year-old Kentucky-bred son of Artie Schiller out of the Mineshaft mare Fine Line.

As the favorite in the field of nine, Mr Cub returned $6.80, $3.80 and $2.80. First Premio, ridden by Florent Geroux, returned $5.60 and $4 with Flatlined finishing third another four lengths back under Corey Lanerie and paying $3.60 to show.

Colonelsdarktemper finished fourth and was followed in order by Closing Bell, Royal Son, Trust Factor, Dimension (GB) and Shakhimat.



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