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Cantankerous Clyde Cruises to Maiden Win

March 12, 2009 · By · Share

Clyde Takes Them All The Way

After Cantankerous Clyde's first career start (a five-and-a-half furlong sprint), his trainer Craig Dollase knew what the future held for him.  "He has always moved and worked like he wanted more distance," said Dollase.  So, for his second outing, Dollase decided to send him north to Golden Gate Fields, where he could run in a two-turn mile maiden special weight race.  The decision proved to be a wise one as 'Clyde went wire-to-wire to break his maiden in just his second career start.

Breaking from post four under jockey Russell Baze, Cantankerous Clyde went right to the front.  "I didn't really plan on being on the lead so quickly, but he broke like a shot, so I decided to let him go on with it," said North America's all time winningest rider. 

Go on with it he did, as he led through an opening half mile of :48.3 and three-quarters in 1:13.3.  He turned for home with a comfortable lead.  "He was doing it so easily, he was just galloping out there," said Baze.  Through the stretch, Baze would stay after him, but never had to ask him to fully extend for the three-length win.  "When he faced a bit of a challenge at the top of the stretch, he just scooted away.  He was very professional."

Following the race, Baze continued his praise of the three-year-old son of Peace Rules. "He did it so easily, it was like he never took a breath during the race.  You just can't be any more relaxed than he was today."

For the win, the first of his young career, Cantankerous Clyde earned $17,400.  Craig Dollase said the plan going forward was to take him back to his home base at Hollywood Park and then devise a plan for his next start.  "I always thought he'd do better going long, but I'm not sure even I expected him to be this good today," said the impressed Dollase.

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