Tuesday, March 9, 2010

Phosphorescent follow up news

There were two great unknowns. How would Phosphorescent run off a long layoff and how would he take to turf? I think it's safe to say very well is the answer to both questions.
Phosphorescent sat off the pace early, advanced on the inside on the turn and kicked away easily late to win by over two-lengths.

Trainer Dale Romans said after the race, "We stole this one. We had license to do this off the layoff and it worked perfectly. When I saw him moving well early I was very confident. That was a good race, and we will have some fun with him this spring."
Francisco Torres said, "I was sitting on a ton of horse from the moment the gate opened. He moved so easily down the backside and into the turn. Once a hole opened on the turn, I knew I was a winner. He ran very well."

Phosphorescent earned a 79 Beyer in the race. He came out of the race very well. Dale feels we can step back up into the allowance ranks next time out and see if we can keep the momentum going. Now that we see that he likes the turf it opens up more options. Dale would love to run Phosphorescent back at the Fair Grounds. The only "a other than" allowance on the turf is in two weeks. Dale wants to see how Phosphorescent trains later this week before deciding whether we'll be able to make that race. He thinks it might be a bit quick. If so, then we'll run at Keeneland.
We have to give a lot of credit to Dale and his assistant Tom Morgan. They pushed hard for this race knowing it was the right spot, and they certainly were rewarded with a solid win.

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