Phosphorescent glowing in debut win
Two-year-olds are like textbooks. They can be hard to read. However, sometimes a two-year-old will step onto the track and look like they have been there a thousand times before. Such was the case today as Phosphorescent stepped into the starting gate for the first time and powered to a dominating debut win at Churchill Downs. Breaking from post nine, Phosphorescent got away very alertly while flashing good early speed. He came to hand nicely for jockey Robby Albarado who got him to settle into a comfortable three wide stalking position early. Phosphorescent engaged the pacesetters on the turn through a half-mile in 45.3. He grabbed a slight advantage at the top of the stretch before shaking free inside the eighth pole to win by over two-lengths. Phosphorescent stopped the teletimer in 1:11.1, three-fifths of a second faster than the other maiden race on the card.
Trainer Dale Romans said, "What a great way to start the relationship with West Point Thoroughbreds. I have said for weeks that this colt has trained like a good thing, and he made me look good today. I love the way he finished the race. This was about as professional a debut as you could have. A race like this can only make you think about bigger things down the line."
Robby Albarado said, "This colt did not act like a two-year-old. He was perfectly behaved. He loaded into the gate and stood there well. He broke great, and then he settled when I took hold of him. It was like he had run a bunch of times. He waited for me to tell him to go and when I did he gave me a lot of run. He was very strong all the way. I had a hard time pulling him up. I am not sure six-furlongs is his real game, but he's so classy that we were just able to run away from them. He's a nice colt."
Phosphorescent is a Maryland-bred son of Rock Slide. He earned $19,530 for the win.