I was very impressed yesterday with how impressive Halladay Ran. With coming around the turn finding an extra Gear and pouring it on against the rest of the field!
The War Front colt, who entered 2-for-2 over the surface, improved on that record once ridden to the lead by jockey Luis Saez. They never looked back, clicking off opening fractions of 23.71 and 47 seconds before Halladay got to work in the lane.
Aquaphobia tried to close from midpack as Halladay's Todd Pletcher stablemate Social Paranoia rallied from even farther in the field for third. Halladay held them at bay as the 6-5 betting favorite in this weekend’s lone stakes event.
“He was really relaxed early on,” said Pletcher, who trains Halladay for Harrell Ventures LLC. “He didn’t break great. Luis did a good job of establishing some positions. But he got to the front and kind of pricked his ears a little bit.
“Sometimes he can be a little headstrong. He was coming into this race training really, really well, and had been a little more relaxed than usual. I think we’re starting to see that in the afternoon as well.”
Halladay finished only a couple of ticks off the course record for 1 1/16 miles in 1:38.66.
Congratulations to all the connections as well Trainer Todd Pletcher, the Owner Gainesway Thoroughbreds LTD & Winchell Thoroughbreds. LLC and especially Jockey Luis Saez what an excellent ride from him!
Look forward to seeing Halladay run in the future.