Twinspired nearly perfect in G1 Blue Grass
Saturday, April 16, 2011
Twinspired ran a flawless race in the G1 Toyota Blue Grass April 16 at Keeneland, only to be nipped by the narrowest of margin in the final stride of the nine furlongs.[watch race] It took the placing judges several minutes to determine the official winner, Brilliant Speed, who came very wide down the stretch, out of the view of Twinspired, who was near the rail.

Twinspired, a 3-year-old gray or roan colt by WinStar's Harlan's Holiday, came into the Blue Grass off a promising third-place finish in the Spiral S. (G3) at Turfway Park last month.

In the Blue Grass, Twinspired got a great ride from Robby Albarado. He settled in third along the inside through the first turn and down the backstretch. Albarado made his move going into the turn and took the lead in midstretch. He put in a very determined run in the final furlong, with the finish too close to call.

“I had a great trip, nice rail trip. At the three-eighths pole, I got out about where I wanted to be. I called on him, and he gave me what he had to the wire. It was unfortunate he came on the losing end of it,” said Albarado. “I knew it was close. But I didn't think I had it. In horse racing, anymore, you never think you got it when it’s that close. I try not to, anyway.”

Mike Maker, Twinspired's trainer, contemplated what nearly was and at the same time looked to the next race. “My first thought was I didn't think we won, and the second one I thought we won for sure.”

As far as the Kentucky Derby, Maker said, “Probably. I was just looking at it today, and I think this puts him about $200,000 ($197,500 in graded earnings).”

Twinspired is now 2-1-1 in eight starts, with overall earnings of $264,830. He was a $140,000 purchase at the Fasig-Tipton 2-year-old sale last May, where he was bought by Maker for the partnership of Alpha Stables, Skychai Racing LLC and Sand Dollar Stable LLC.
Paynter filly gets first stakes win in black type debut title=
Paynter

Paynter filly gets first stakes win in black type debut

A Bit of Both cruised to a three-length victory in the $75,000 Game Face S. Saturday afternoon at Gulfstream Park...

[read more]

Constitution filly makes her mark at OBS Under Tack Show title=
Constitution

Constitution filly makes her mark at OBS Under Tack Show

First-Crop sire Constitution's large group of juveniles in next week's OBS Spring Sale of 2-year-olds in Training have been working very well at the Under Tack Show...

[read more]

Carpe Diem seizing his first opportunity title=
Carpe Diem

Carpe Diem seizing his first opportunity

One day after the first anniversary of the death of Giant’s Causeway, that stallion’s multiple G1-winning son Carpe Diem was represented by his first winner...

[read more]

First starter a winner and TDN 'Rising Star' for WinStar Farm’s Grade 1 winner Carpe Diem title=
Carpe Diem

First starter a winner and TDN 'Rising Star' for WinStar Farm’s Grade 1 winner Carpe Diem

Nayibeth, a 2-year-old filly by WinStar Farm stallion Carpe Diem, won at first asking at Keeneland...

[read more]

Commissioner filly fires bullet at OBS Under Tack Show title=
Commissioner

Commissioner filly fires bullet at OBS Under Tack Show

A filly from the first crop of multiple graded stakes winner Commissioner worked a quarter-mile in :20 1/5 Tuesday at the Under Tack show in preparation for the April 23-26 OBS Spring Sale...

[read more]

Paynter's Diamond Dust extends winning streak in Noonan S. title=
Paynter

Paynter's Diamond Dust extends winning streak in Noonan S.

Diamond Dust collected his third straight win and third lifetime stakes victory in Saturday's $75,000 Howard B. Noonan S...

[read more]

Rushing Fall exudes class once again in Jenny Wiley S. (G1) title=
More Than Ready

Rushing Fall exudes class once again in Jenny Wiley S. (G1)

More Than Ready's super-filly Rushing Fall remained undefeated at Keeneland with a front-running score in Saturday's $350,000 Jenny Wiley S. (G1)...

[read more]

Thrilling Oaklawn H. (G2) goes to Distorted Humor's Quip title=
Distorted Humor

Thrilling Oaklawn H. (G2) goes to Distorted Humor's Quip

Quip held off a host of challengers in a driving rain to take Saturday's $750,000 Oaklawn H. (G2)...

[read more]

Speightstown colt rides rail to Commonwealth S. (G3) victory at Keeneland title=
Speightstown

Speightstown colt rides rail to Commonwealth S. (G3) victory at Keeneland

Bobby's Wicked One used his speed and tenacity to capture Saturday's $250,000 Commonwealth S. (G3) at Keeneland by 1 1/4-lengths...

[read more]

Bulletin remains undefeated with sharp score in Palisades Turf Sprint at Keeneland title=

Bulletin remains undefeated with sharp score in Palisades Turf Sprint at Keeneland

Bulletin, last year's Breeders' Cup Juvenile Turf Sprint champion, return to action April 4 at Keeneland with a gate-to-wire victory in the Palisades Turf Sprint S...

[read more]