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PSYCHOTIC REACTION WINS!!!

October 04, 2006 · By · Share

West Point Thoroughbreds notched it's 30th win of the year when Psychotic Reaction won by a nose in his comeback race on October 4th at Belmont Park. He had not run since April 27th of this year so it was very nice to see him run so well right off the bench.

Psychotic Reaction broke okay, but he was outsprinted early despite being hard ridden by Mike Luzzi early.  He was in seventh over eight-lengths back after a quarter-mile.  He was still seventh after a half-mile, but he made a nice move to close the gap with the leaders on the outside.  Mike Luzzi kept him in the clear in the stretch and Psycho continued to plug along grinding down the other horses.  It didn't look like he was going to get there, but he put in one final lunge in the last fifty yards to stick his nose in front at the wire.

Trainer Rick Violette said, "Mike really had to work on him pretty good from the gate to the wire.  I wasn't sure if the horse would respond early, but Mike kept after him and wouldn't let him quit.  When he started gaining ground on the turn I was hoping he'd have enough left to keep it going, and he did.  He had that one last surge and got there.  It doesn't matter how far you win by as long as you win.  We got everything we could have asked for and more today.  It couldn't have gone better."

Jockey Mike Luzzi said, "I had to work on him the entire way, but we just kept fighting and got there.  It didn't hurt that I was riding for a trainer that's too hot to touch here at Belmont.  Everything he's sending out here is in a spot to win."

This was Psychotic Reaction's third win in seven starts.  He earned $11,400 for the win bringing his career total to $80,693.

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