Phosphorescent Wins Again!
Green, as in the the turf, is clearly Phosphorescent's favorite color. As a result, it's ours, too, as Phosphorescent won his second straight start and third from his last four on the lawn in a "two other than" allowance at Philadelphia Park on Saturday. To say he was impressive is an understatement. How about missing the track record by mere hundredths of a second impressive?
Phosphorescent broke beautifully and immediately went to the front. He was challenged from the inside by a longshot, and jockey Victor Molina let that horse grab a short lead. That lead was short-lived as Phosphorescent stormed to a daylight lead through a half-mile in 44.06, and he improved his position from there winning by over two-lengths and stopping the teletimer for five-furlongs in an eye-popping 55.68.
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Trainer Lupe Preciado said, "The horse threw a shoe in the race. I hate to see what he could have done with a full set. He was training really well, and I thought he'd run big. I am not sure I saw a near track record performance coming. This kind of race makes you think about the Turf Monster Stakes back here in September as a target."
Jockey Victor Molina said, "I hit him once. He basically did it all on his own. I was not asking him for everything he had. They couldn't catch him."
Phosphorescent has shown a true affinity to the lawn. He is in great form right now, and we will likely look to run him back in a "three other than" allowance at Saratoga in late July or early August. Our summer's end goal is the $200,000 Turf Monster Handicap on September 6th back at Philadelphia Park.