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September 13, 2006 · By · Share

Finnegan won on September 11th at Philly Park. Finnegan broke slowly and was shuffled back early, but he benefited from a very slow early pace and was able to advance up into contention without being asked for speed.  Having been on Finnegan before, Tony Black knew not to rush Finnegan off his feet early.  He let the horse find his own stride, and Finnegan steadily advanced despite being four wide on the first turn.  Finnegan moved up to stalk the pace in second down the backstretch and then launched his bid for the lead on the turn.  He grabbed the lead midway through the turn and then opened up at the top of the stretch.  He held sway through the lane to grab a two-length victory.

Lupe Preciado said, "He didn't break well today, but Anthony did a good job letting the horse go, because the pace was so slow.  I thought we'd be sitting second behind that horse that had never tried the turf.  They were really crawling up front, so it worked out okay, and we were able to get the result we wanted."



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