The Defense Rests broke slowly and was steadied early in his debut at Aqueduct. However, he then flashed surprising speed and rushed up to sit third less than two-lengths back through a quarter-mile in a fast 21.4. The Defense Rests moved up within a length of the lead through a blistering quarter-mile in 44.3 before tiring a bit in the stretch to finish third beaten just over four-lengths.
Mike Hushion said, 'Well, he really fooled me. He never showed me that kind of speed in the morning. He ran huge. They were flying up front, and he did not break well. He had to make up ground. They say you never know how they'll react in the afternoons, and that was really the case here. This colt has some fight, and some speed. That's a good combination. He got tired, but that's okay in a first race like this. He'll get a ton from the race.'
Eibar Coa said, 'This is a very nice colt. He moves really well, and he had a nice early turn of foot. He felt great. He got tired, but he got over the ground great.'
Where We Go From Here
The Defense Rests earned a 74 Beyer in the race. This is a little higher figure than the winner got in his debut. The Defense Rests came out of the race well. This was a very encouraging debut. Mike thought we might need a race, but The Defense Rests showed good speed as he chased to horses winging it on the front end. This might end up being a key race as the top pair really dueled the whole way. The Defense Rests should come back in the second half of May at Belmont."
Selena is entered at Finger Lakes 1st Race on Friday
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