Another Lemon Drop Kid winner on Thursday when 2-year-old Break Water Edison convincingly wired race 4 at Belmont for John Kimmel.
In hindsight, it was probably to be expected as jockey Alan Garcia has hit his groove in NY over the past several months. Also, as a $525,000 Ocala March purchase, Break Water Edison was the top-priced horse in the field. The runner-up, Darley’s Precursor, brought $500,000 at Fasig-Tipton this past February, so based on the “high-priced purchases” angle alone that should have been the easiest $28.60 exacta ever.
The surprise was 57-1 longshot Western Legend rounding out a generous $547 trifecta! Running without Lasix, with Jorge Chavez up, and for trainer Richard Stoklosa, Western Legend is by El Corredor out of an Affirmed mare.
Love these baby races! Probably what I'm most looking forward to watching at Saratoga. Exactly what Teresa over at Brooklyn Backstretch wrote yesterday: "each entry seems so tantalizingly full of promise, with no bad running lines to sully impressions."
Plus it's fun to see if you can pick out next year's Derby or Oaks winner, or a future superstar (as unlikely as that may be).