The Whammer Wins!
Sometimes change is good. When The Whammer runs you know he's going to contest the early pace, right? Think again. On opening day at Del Mar, when the track was playing more toward closers, Craig Dollase and Tyler Baze called an audible. They decided to try and get The Whammer to relax and make one closing bid. The high strung son of Grand Slam cooperated, and minutes later a group of happy Partners got their picture made in front of 46,000 opening day fans. It was a beautiful picture.
The Whammer broke well but was restrained back into sixth after a quarter-mile in 23.4. Tyler Baze kept The Whammer in the clear down the backstretch, and he launched a huge move on the turn to draw even with the leaders. He struck the front as the field straightened away in the stretch and opened up while running a little erratically. He got a little lazy in the last sixteenth of a mile but held on for the win.
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Craig Dollase said, "We decided to change things up the way the track was playing. The horse was much more relaxed this time. He was not agitated at all, and Tyler did a great job of getting him to relax. He ran a huge race. This race was a perfect spot for him. Now we get a chance to see if we can make him a two time winner at the meet."
Tyler Baze said, "The horse was completely different from last time. He was much calmer. I was very happy with the way he came back to me early in the race. When I asked him to go he went. We were wide, but I didn't want to get him stopped. I had to get after him a little bit late, but he ran really well."
The Whammer earned an 83 Beyer in the race. He came out of the race well, and we will look to run him back in mid-August at Del Mar.