RJ's Brigade wins again
RJ's Brigade exhibited a killer instinct winning his second straight race, a "two other than" allowance at Philadelphia Park. RJ's Brigade relaxed well off of a moderate early pace. He sat fifth in a six horse field through a quarter-mile in 23.3 and was still about five-lengths back after a half-mile in 48.2. RJ accelerated on the turn and set his sights on the heavy favorite in the stretch. RJ doggedly continued his rally in the stretch and nailed the favorite in the shadow of the wire to win by a head.
Trainer Lupe Preciado said, "I told Victor (Molina) to get the horse to relax as much as he could early. I thought he might have relaxed him too much. I thought he might not run at all down the backstretch. When he asked him to run he took off. The favorite is a runner. RJ ran very well. They came home pretty fast, and he kept trying. He's doing very well."
Jockey Victor Molina said, "I tried to get my horse to settle. He relaxed really nicely and was there for me when I asked him. I actually think this horse would be even better if he went longer. The way he relaxed will really help a horse like this."
A son of Gone West, RJ's Brigade pushed his earnings over $120,000 with the victory.