Saturday, March 28, 2020 |
Soldado backed up his impressive four-year-old debut with a gutsy performance to score by a head in a N2X allowance race, going 6 furlongs on the main track at Gulfstream Park late afternoon Sunday VIDEO
Breaking from the inside post, the field was away in perfect order. Under regular rider Luis Saez, Soldado was hustled from the gate and chased along the inside under steady urging. Racing in fifth some five lengths back through an opening quarter mile in :22.23, Saez went to work gaining ground around the far turn.
Taking a fair amount of kickback behind a trio of horses, Soldado travelled with his head high and steadied with nowhere to go as Belle Tapisserie (2) raced along his outside. Waiting patiently for a seam, Saez could not tip out as Frosted Grace (5) drifted under Paco Lopez.
With an opening between a tiring Running for Riz (4) and Frosted Grace, Saez gave Soldado a little encouragement and split horses mid-stretch. With less than an eighth of a mile to the finish line, Soldado showed his mettle and dug in gamely as Frosted Grace leaned in deep stretch. In dramatic fashion, Soldado edged that rival under the wire in a final time 1:10.22 CHART