Merus Miami wins
Thankfully there is no rule in racing that says a horse must run straight to win. Merus Miami decided to take the meandering path en route to a stirring debut victory over an odds-on favorite at Golden Gate Fields. Merus Miami broke well from his rail and settled into a stalking position behind the top flight. He remained in tight quarters through the turn before finding an opening at the head of the stretch. When jockey Alex Bisono set him down for the drive, Merus Miami responded. He began to chop into the leader's advantage with every stride. However, Merus Miami took a bit of a detour at the eighth-pole. He veered in sharply under a drive and had to be steered back outside the leader. When he got straightened away he surged strongly to get up in the shadow of the wire to win by a half-length.
Trainer O.J. Jauregui said, "The colt ran huge. The jockey (Alex Bisono) said that the horse really only started to run in the last few jumps of the race. He didn't get a chance to really ride him much in the stretch. He had to get him going in the right direction. The runner-up is a very nice horse. To run him down like we did is very impressive. I have always thought Merus Miami would want to go two-turns, and I still do. He was just talented enough to win at what might not be his best distance."
A two-year-old son of Friends Lake, Merus Miami is the first two-year-old syndicated in northern California, and we could not be more pleased that our expansion into this territory has started so well.