On August 15, Latigo Trail broke his maiden with style. He went off as the 8-5 favorite and didn’t disappoint the Saratoga fans. He sat off the leader the whole way and when asked by his pilot Mike Luzzi, drew off by over three lengths. It was a quick final time on the good turf course in 1:02.64. We anxiously await his return against other winners.
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We finally started our 3 year-old gelding on the grass at Belmont and he didn’t disappoint us. Overlooked in the betting at 21-1, LT went to the front and almost held on to win. He put away the challenge of Shinnecock Bay early on with a quick opening quarter of 21.4. That may have made the difference in the end; it was a head bob at the wire. One thing for sure is, he won’t be 21-1 in his second start on the grass.
On June 6, our filly faced nine other rivals going a mile on a good turf course. She had to overcome the far outside post position and a bad break but world-class jockey Javier Castellano didn’t panic, when Wine Burglar broke last. Instead, he maneuvered her to the inside going into the far turn where once there was daylight, he moved her to the outside and she came storming down the lane. The final time for the mile was 1:35.2.
After his winter vacation in Ocala, Whiskey made a nice return to the races at Belmont. He was very head strong early on in the race. Jose Ortiz had to settle him down in the early stages and retreat to last. Once settled, he came home with a big rallying kick. It was a very nice 2014 debut in which he earned a very solid 82 Beyer number for the effort.
Our New York bred gelding made his first lifetime start, a 5-½ furlong sprint, December 12th at Aqueduct. Squeezed leaving the gate, he was way out of it for the first ½ mile, but then our boy came storming down the lane to grab fourth place. The winner won by five lengths, but LT galloped out past him after the wire. We are looking forward to his next start going two turns.
On October 5, our two year-old made his first lifetime start going 8.5 furlongs at Belmont Park. Eagle broke slowly and ran greenly in the early stages while racing last in the middle of the track. Once Eagle figured it out, he raced very professionally going into the turn and closed smartly down the stretch. Not only did he earn the show honors, but he also earned a solid 70 Beyer number.
On Travers day why Not Whiskey won an $87,000 allowance race by a length in a field of eleven horses. He broke fifth out of the gate and settled nicely early on along the rail. Whiskey finally had some quick fractions to run at down the lane. They went in 22.99, 46.47, 1:11.19 and 1:34.48 for the mile. Once he pulled along side the front-runner, he went on and finished with confidence.
On July 3, Why Not Whiskey finished second in an allowance optional claimer worth $67,000. He got away second to last in the field of eight with Jose Lezcano in the irons and saved ground throughout. The ½ mile went in a slow 49.31, but that didn’t stop Whiskey from making his usual late move as he angled out five wide down the stretch to secure second place.
The rains washed the Grade-3 Jaipur stakes off the turf at Belmont on 6/7. So, our back up plan for Night Officer was the McSorley at Monmouth Park on 6/9, at 5 ½ furlongs. Our boy didn’t take a liking to the good turf course early on in the race. But, once they turned for home him he was all business. He got his big stride going late in the race and closed smartly to finish third.
On Belmont Stakes day Why Not Whiskey finished a game third in a $67,000 race as the second choice in the wagering. On the yielding turf he saved ground early on and waited to make his move. Unfortunately he found himself boxed in on the rail half way down the stretch. Jose Lezcano eventually found some daylight and maneuvered our boy with a big heart to finish a game third.