Mr. Miesque wins Frank Arsenault Memorial
Rallying from last place, Mr. Miesque swooped four wide to overtake Unchained Storm and Mc Henry Co. Kid and win the Frank Arsenault Memorial Breeders' Cup Stakes.
"He ran really good. We had a good trip," said Casey Lambert, the winner's regular rider. "We tucked in around the first turn. We were back where we figured to be. Keith (trainer Keith Asmussen) said he had been doing excellent, just ride him like he was the best, and that's what I did. I had to get out from behind them sooner than I wanted to, but as soon as I got a little daylight, he picked them up without asking.
"He was a little bit sick the last time he ran (El Joven Stakes at Retama, finished 2nd). He closed a lot of ground but he hung a little bit late and he came back sick. But, he's been training super since. We were hoping for a big race."
Unchained Storm, who finished 1½ lengths back, stalked the early duel between Mc Henry Co. Kid and Tasty Caberneigh. "I thought I had a little horse left. He looked like he was live in the race," according to jockey Randall Meier. "I think he was just second best today. We got set where we wanted to. We got over good around the first turn. When we turned up the lane we were with them. But, at the eighth pole, I asked him and we just couldn't stay with him (Mr. Miesque)."
Mc Henry Co. Kid was able to hang on for third. "He ran really good. I didn't expect to be on the lead, but when I went out there, I let him good," explained jockey Eduardo Perez . "It was unfortunate that we were pressured (by Tasty Caberneigh), but he went on well. The owners were happy and I couldn't ask for anything more."
Mr. Miesque's time for the mile on turf was 1:37.50. He paid $7.20, $3.80 and $2.80 as the favorite, keying a $26 exacta.
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