Where's Taylor wins Carey Memorial
Where's Taylor set the pace for the Robert F. Carey Memorial today at Hawthorne, and never looked back. The 4YO son of Absent Russian sprinted clear and set all the fractions, running the mile turf in 1:36.31. Dernier Croise rallied from way back to take second from the peaking-just-too-soon Associate. Favored Strategic Mission, ridden by recently Chicago-based Mark Guidry, was up close early but faded to fifth.
"I was pretty confident going in. He's probably one of the best horses I've ever ridden," said winning jockey Corey Lanerie. "We figured out the mile is probably his best distance. It seems like after that he starts to hang a little bit and that's why he's been beaten a couple of times. I think he can run with just about anybody at a mile.
"I didn't expect the two horse (Strategic Mission) to go for the lead," he continued. "I thought he'd sit off the pace. When I saw it was him, I said, well I'd better stick to his side because I thought he was the horse to beat. But once I got the lead on the inside, I thought I had it.
Strategic Mission broke on top and got the lead before giving it to Where's Taylor. "He broke good. We went along with the one (winner Where's Taylor) a little bit so I just sat still. We were sitting second. On the backside.they kind of corralled us on the outside a little bit which was OK. I followed the winner," explained Guidry.
"Midway into the last turn I kept my position and kind of inched up a little bit. I thought we were going to be OK turning for home but he just got a little flat-footed."
Associate moved from 4th at the half mile to 2nd in the stretch before flattening out. Carlos Silva (Associate, third place) "He was fighting the turf a little bit. The turf was a little soft," said jockey Carlos Silva. "He ran a hard race."
Where's Taylor went off second favorite in the race, and ran well against an apparent stalker/closer bias at Hawthorne. "We had to find the right spot for him. That's why we came here. We think he likes the mile on the grass," said Hillary Pridham, assistant trainer for Where's Taylor.
"We were very happy with his race. I was surprised when he got such an easy lead. I thought somebody, possibly Soccer George, might go with him, but we had the inside post and we could use it to our advantage. We're heading back to Kentucky without any specific race in mind."
Guidry was 0 for 3 on his first trip back to Chicago.
Breeders' Cup update
Classic runner Dust on the Bottle was resting up for his trip to Kentucky. He is scheduled to work over the Churchill surface on Wednesday.
Distaff entry Lu Ravi worked 5f at Churchill in :58.40. Juvenile Fillies prospect Thunder Bertie went the same distance in :59.40.
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