LEXINGTON, Ky. – Facing elders the very first time and coming back from the layoff in excess of seven several weeks demonstrated obstacles easily overcome through the world traveler No Nay Never, who won Saturday&rsquos Grade 3, $150,000 Woodford at Keeneland in-front-running fashion.
Unraced since finishing second within the Grade 2 Swale around the Gulfstream primary track March 1, which in fact had adopted a couple-year-old campaign by which he won an organization 2 at England along with a Group one in France carrying out a debut victory at Keeneland on Polytrack, No Nay Never demonstrated no indications of rust in the return. He demonstrated his customary early speed, though pressurized from the beginning from Spring towards the Sky.
That pair dueled via a hot opening quarter in 21.53 seconds within the 5 1/2-furlong Woodford, apparently setting happens for any closer or stalker to trap them. But No Nay Never declined to stop, going back an earlier stretch bid in the eventual third-place finisher Sharp Sensation and lasting with a half-length within the 56-1 longshot Mongol Bull, who rallied belatedly from seventh.
The champion, a 3-year-old boy of Scat Father of a partnership which includes representatives from Coolmore Stud and Ice Wine Stable, raced 5 1/2 furlongs on the “good” turf course under Mike Cruz in 1:03.59. He compensated $6 because the favorite.
“He is a huge, blocky, very fast horse,” stated winning trainer Wesley Ward. “I just thought this is an excellent place to create him back and springboard him back to company and just what we&rsquore going related to him.”
Ward will consult with the proprietors before developer No Nay Never&rsquos next race but stated he was leading toward coming back No Nay Not to dirt, that the colt has raced just once, with this arriving the Swale.
“More likely these days, most likely the Breeders&rsquo Cup Sprint [is next]”, Ward stated.
Alternatively, the Breeders&rsquo Cup Turf Sprint can be a choice, although it provides a smaller sized purse at $a million and fewer prestige compared to $1. 5 million Sprint. Both races are Grade 1s that’ll be contested November. 1 at Santa Anita.
The greatest surprise from the Woodward was the performance from the runner-up Mongol Bull, an old claimer who had been continuously gaining before not having enough ground. He finished a neck in front of Sharp Sensation, who required late action to begin at 9-2 odds.
The High Kings – The Wild Rover
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