RJ's Brigade wins third straight
On a holiday known for its fireworks, RJ's Brigade made a little noise of his own winning for the third straight time in the "three other than" allowance at Philadelphia Park. Breaking from post six in the nine horse field, RJ's Brigade got away well and settled into a comfortable stalking position in fourth heading into the first turn. Jockey Victor Molina kept RJ in the clear on the outside as the pacesetter clipped through a half-mile in 47.3. RJ's Brigade commenced his bid on the final turn moving up three-wide while steadily advancing. RJ collared the leaders at the head of the stretch and gained a daylight advantage outside the eighth pole. He continued to widen his advantage to three-lengths at the wire while being kept to task.
Trainer Lupe Preciado said, "There's not really much to say. Right now I am just trying to keep the horse happy and healthy. He has been training well. I saddle him up, and he's making me look good. I have always liked this horse, and he's running like I thought he could. We'll have to look and see what makes sense for his next start."
Jockey Victor Molina said, "I told Lupe after the last race that I thought this horse would get better and better if he relaxed. He relaxed very well for me again today. When I asked him to run he was there for me. He drifted a little bit on me after I made the lead. I had to keep his attention, but there was plenty left. He is a nice horse, and he feels like he could do more if he keeps relaxing."
A five-year-old son of Gone West, RJ's Brigade now has four wins from seventeen career starts. With his three race win streak, RJ's Brigade now has three wins from four starts in 2008. His career earnings now stand at $150,872.