NAPRAVNIK GUIDES LONG ON VALUE TO HARD-FOUGHT NECK WIN IN GRADE II, $200,000 TWILIGHT DERBY; MOTT TRAINEE GETS 1 1/8 MILES ON TURF IN 1:46.82

 

ARCADIA, Calif. (Oct. 31, 2014)–Nearly double-overlayed at 11-1, Long On Value rallied resolutely through the lane to take Friday’s Grade II, $200,000 Twilight Derby at Santa Anita by a neck under Rosie Napravnik. Trained by Hall of Famer Bill Mott, the Virginia-bred colt by Value Plus got 1 1/8 miles on turf in 1:46.82.

Attentive to the pace, which was set by Sawyer’s Hill, Long On Value was three-deep at the top of the stretch and kept to her task, overhauling the pacesetter late while holding off a furious late rally from Divine Oath, who ended up third.

“We got a really great trip, (running outside) and I tried to be a little patient,” said Napravnik, who had never ridden Long On Value. “He ran great. I thought it was a tough race and I really thought the 11-horse, Ring Weekend, would be really tough to beat. I could tell that when we got to the quarter pole that we had more horse than he did and it was just (a matter of) trying to get by the horse in the lead. He ran really, really well.”

Off at 11-1, Long On Value paid $25.00, $11.20 and $6.60.       .

Owned by Wachtel Stable or Kerr, Long On Value notched his second win in-a-row and improved his overall record to 13-5-2-1. With the winner’s share of $120,000, he hiked his earnings to $418,388.

“I was doubtful (regarding his horse’s ability to get the distance), but we gave him a chance thinking the turf was firm and maybe we’d have a little more pace than what we’d had,” said Mott. “We liked the match up with Rosie, who’s very patient, and I think she did a great job with him.”

Part-owner Adam Wachtel noted that a decision was made to transition the winner to the turf five starts back at Churchill Downs on May 3.

“I think he’s pretty special,” said Wachtel. “It’s special to win here anytime, but especially on Breeders’ Cup day. It’s a great place to win any race.”

Off at 9-1 and ridden by Martin Garcia, Sawyer’s Hill set fractions of 24.38, 48.18, 1:11.41 and 1:34.89 and just held second by a neck over Divine Oath. Sawyer’s Hill paid $10.20 and $6.00.

Trained by Todd Pletcher and ridden by Javier Castellano, Divine Oath was also off at 9-1 and paid $6.40 to show.

Ridden by John Velazquez, 8-5 favorite Ring Weekend was third early but tired through the drive to finish sixth.

“I had a perfect trip, other than breaking from the far outside,” said Velazquez. “He got a little tangled up in himself, grabbed himself a little. After that it was a nice pace, a comfortable pace. He just didn’t come with any run. He ran flat.”

 

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