Esoteric Thinker wins!!!
Horse racing does not give points for style, but Esoteric Thinker certainly showed a flair for the dramatic in the MSW race on June 1st getting up in the absolute final stride to break his maiden at Golden Gate Fields. Esoteric Thinker was sharp early sitting a little closer to the pace than normal after breaking from the far outside post. He settled nicely down the backstretch and began inching closer on the turn for home. He continued his run into the stretch but then had to wait behind the tiring leaders at the eighth pole. It looked like he might lose a lot of momentum, but Esoteric Thinker showed a lot of heart. Russell Baze shifted Esoteric Thinker out at the sixteenth pole, and Esoteric Thinker came again hard to get up by a nose in the shadow of the wire.
O.J. Jauregui said, "That was a heart stopper. The horse was training great going into the race. I knew we would run well, but we almost got a little unlucky. We had to wait in the stretch and I thought it might cost us, but Russell (Baze) did a great job getting the horse going again. We were a little more involved early, and the horse showed a lot of heart. He never stopped trying, and he showed the will to win. He came back from the race even better than when he went into it. He cooled out great, and he was full of himself back in the barn. He ate up, and you could see he felt good about himself."
Russell Baze said, "I thought I was on the best horse, so I tried to give him the cleanest trip possible. The ten hole is tough going a mile, but the horse came back to me very nicely. He settled then responded when I asked him. We had a little trouble, but when I asked the horse he kept giving me what he had. He was dead game."
Esoteric Thinker earned $16,500 for the win. He came out of the race superbly, we will look for an "a other than" allowance for him later in June.