Longshot One: Trainer Bruce Headley sends longshot Stylish Winner to the Post, and the 30-1 choice has drawn the inside post.
“The post position won’t be any problem,” Headley said. “The other horses will give him the trouble.”
Odd but accurate: Two of the entrants in today’s race, Triteamtri and Stalwars, were bred by Mark Warner and his father, Marvin L. Warner.
The pair sold Triteamtri as a 2-year-old for $50,000 at Calder, then had to buy him back when he turned out to have a fractured sesamoid. Racing for Mark Warner, he has since won stakes in France, New Jersey and California and has earned almost $250,000.
Stalwars also was sold at age 2, and this is the second major race in which the Warners have had to run against their own horse, as it were. The first time occured in the Jim Beam Stakes last year, when Stalwars was beaten by by a nose by the Warners’ Kingpost.
They’re hoping Triteamtri does the same today.
Almost last add Whittingham: “I’ve run 56 horses in it and I’ve only won with seven. They say everybody else has only won two, but they haven’t run in it that many times. It’s a good race to run, and I’ve been very fortunate in this race. I’ve had a lot of good horses and that helps.
Positively last add Whittingham: Talking about Payant, the Argentine-bred horse Bill SHoemaker will ride: “The fellow that owns him, Mr. (Ignacio) Correas, his family’s been breeding horses a hundred years.”
“By this time, they ought to get a good one.”