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May 28, 2006 · By · Share

Finnegan broke his maiden on May 27th at Philadelphia Park.  He pressed the pace and led or sat on even terms throughout the race.  Running back in only six days, Finnegan was given a very patient ride and accelerated through the turn to open up a lead at the top of the stretch and held sway late.  The running time for the race was actually pretty solid as it compared favorably to an "a other than" for three-year-olds later in the card.

Trainer Lupe Preciado said, "I saw the horse ran well off short rest last time, and this race came up really soft, so we decided to take a shot.  He ran a big race today.  Carlos had ridden him before, so he knew this horse would try and quit if he could.  I told him to let the horse run early then take a light hold of him for as long as he could.  This horse just doesn't like to be ridden, so I told him when he wanted him to run to just drop the reins but let the horse pick it up on his own.  He'll quicken, but you have to let him do it himself.  When he got in the stretch he just had to make sure he kept the horse to his business.  He was really tired at the end, but he ran a really big race.  The top two were far the best in the race."

Jockey Carlos Cruz said, "Lupe told me to give him his head and just let him run.  He wanted me to keep him in the clear with something inside me if possible, and when I wanted him to run just let him go on his own and he did.  I got first run and we were good enough to hold on."

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