Blatantly Good just that in Chester Open
from Harrah's Chester publicity department
Dispatched the prohibitive 3-5 favorite, Jeffrey Bamond's Blatantly
Good ($3.40) made his local 2010 debut a winning one, holding off a
throng of late challengers to win Sunday's (April 25) featured $32,000
Open Pace in 1:52 at Harrah's Chester Casino and Racetrack.
"He really does race some of his best races from behind, but I knew
that Timmy [Tetrick] was going to leave with Hypnotic Blue Chip and
that would have put me around eighth, so we had to take a shot,"
remarked driver Richie Silverman about his strategy aboard the
six-year-old son of Albert Albert. Floating to midpack and parked
through the entire first turn by a pocket-sitting Mystery Chase
(George Napolitano, Jr.), Silverman worked Blatantly Good slowly to
the front past a :27.1 opening quarter posted by Chester newcomer
Booze Cruzin (David Miller).
Clearing past the stands on the first occasion, Blatantly Good kept
the pace lively through a :55 half-mile before facing the wind up the
backstretch--and a major challenger. Hypnotic Blue Chip moved
first-over up the backstretch, offering mild pressure to Blatantly
Good past three-quarters in 1:23.2, then ratcheting up the heat on the
Despite the presence of Hypnotic Blue Chip, Silverman's confidence in
the Mark Kesmodel trainee remained unwavering. "My horse always gives
his race, and I thought he'd just pace away at the top of the stretch.
I asked him a little bit, but he always does what he has to do."
Blatantly Good turned away Hypnotic Blue Chip and also held off the
pocket-sitting Booze Cruzin and Mystery Chase, prevailing by a length
Blatantly Good gave owner Jeffrey Bamond and driver Richie Silverman
on the day, and it was part of a training grand slam for Mark
Kesmodel. Live racing resumes at Harrah's Chester on Wednesday, April
28, with first post at 12:45 p.m. eastern time.