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July 02, 2006 · By · Share

Safety Martial finally put it all together from start to finish to win the off the turf MSW on July 1st at <?xml:namespace prefix = st1 ns = "urn:schemas-microsoft-com:office:smarttags" />Philadelphia Park.  Breaking from the four hole after scratches, Safety Martial broke alertly and went up to stalk the pace while under a pretty nice hold. Victor Molina kept him out in the clear and remained very patient sitting second through the first six furlongs without asking Safety Martial. Victor Molina gave Safety Martial his cue turning for home, and he breezed past the pacesetter through the turn.  Safety Martial opened up a daylight lead at the top of the stretch, and galloped home to a measured victory under very light urging.<?xml:namespace prefix = o ns = "urn:schemas-microsoft-com:office:office" />

Trainer Lupe Preciado said, "I didn't tell Victor anything before the race.  I know he looked at the race for the dirt when it came off, so the only thing I could do was mess him up.  He's ridden the horse twice before, and he knew what the horse liked.  I thought he did a real nice job of not letting the horse go too soon.  He just sat there and stalked for as long as he could, and when he let the horse go I knew we had it won.  He just rode him out.  We got a little lucky when the race came off, but this horse can run a little bit.  I think this race might help him.  It was a pretty easy race, and the horse should feel pretty good about himself.  We have a lot of options with him going forward.  He pretty much can run equally well on either surface."

Victor Molina said, "I think this race should be a confidence builder for him.  He let me take hold of him.  I didn't have to fight with him, and I knew we had the pacesetter whenever I wanted him.  My horse hasn't really finished up the first two times I rode him, so I wanted to wait as long as I could to ask him.  I was able to make the lead pretty easily, and I just wanted to try and make it as easy for him as possible.  I really think this horse can run on either surface.  I just tried to get him home first while leaving as much in the tank as possible.  I wanted him to be feeling good after the race."


Safety Martial earned $12,000 for his effort bringing his career total up to $36,280.

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