ARCADIA, Calif. (Oct. 13, 2014)–Heavily favored Lord Nelson cut back in distance and totally dominated eight rivals en route to a powerful 6 ¾ length win in Monday’s $100,000 Speakeasy Stakes for 2-year-olds, negotiating six furlongs under Martin Garcia in 1:09.25.
Fourth to his highly regarded stable mate American Pharoah in the Grade I, 1 1/16 miles FrontRunner Stakes on Sept. 27, Lord Nelson broke sharply from the far outside and took command midway around the turn.
Trained by Bob Baffert and owned by Peachtree Stable, Lord Nelson was off at 4-5 and paid $3.60, $2.80 and $2.20. A Kentucky-bred colt by Pulpit, he picked up his second win from three starts and with the winner’s share of $60,000, nearly doubled his earnings to $123,000.
“The horse has been working well and he’ll be developing as he gets older,” said Baffert. “He was coming back so quick, but he sort of needed the race (FrontRunner Stakes, Sept. 27). He got a little tired that day…We’re looking down the road at the Los Al Futurity (1 1/16 miles, Dec. 20), and (the owner, John Fort of Peachtree Stable) wants to go to the Kentucky Derby badly. The horse will go long. He’s a heavy horse. He’ll get better with age.”
Ridden by Corey Nakatani, longshot Sebastian’s Heart broke from post position two and kept to his task through the lane to finish second, 1 ¾ lengths in front of Story to Tell. A maiden $75,000 claiming winner on Oct. 3, he was off at 18-1 and paid $9.00 and $3.80.
“He ran a dynamite race,” said Nakatani. “We were drawn inside and he wasn’t quick enough to out-foot ’em early, so I just let him settle in behind the leaders around the turn and he ran really good for us.”
Story to Tell, ridden by Joe Talamo, finished third, a half length in front of Bluegrass Sight and paid $3.60 to show.
Fractions on the race were 21.47, 44.47 and 56.72.
Racing resumes at Santa Anita on Thursday, with first post time at 1 p.m. Admission gates open at 11 a.m.