Nov 27, 2021
Arrest Me Red wins gate to wire in Aqueduct Turf Sprint Championship
by Keith McCalmont
OZONE PARK, N.Y. — Lael Stable’s homebred Arrest Me Red made every pole a winning one, staving off an inside rally from Pulsate to prevail in Saturday’s $150,000 Aqueduct Turf Sprint Championship at Aqueduct Racetrack.
Trained by Wesley Ward, Arrest Me Red was scratched out of the Grade 1 Breeders’ Cup Turf Sprint on November 6 at Del Mar, which was won by his stablemate Golden Pal. Re-routed to the Big A, the sophomore son of Pioneerof the Nile turned back older company with a game display in the six-furlong outer turf test.
“He did great. He ran very, very professional,” Ward said. “I just feel bad that he had a minor foot issue, otherwise he would have had a good run in the Breeders’ Cup.”
Arrest Me Red, with Paco Lopez up, marked off splits of 22.69 seconds and 45.60 over the firm going with defending race winner Turned Aside tracking in second and Backtohisroots pressing three-wide in third.
Pulsate, with Manny Franco up, settled into fourth position as Arrest Me Red took the field to the turn with Backtohisroots advancing with purpose. Arrest Me Red opened up a one-length lead at the stretch call and kicked for home with a ground-saving Pulsate trying to surge up the rail. Lopez kept to task aboard Arrest Me Red and the talented bay held on for a neck win in a final time of 1:09.43. Pulsate completed the exacta by 1 3/4-lengths over the late-running Chewing Gum.
Lopez, aboard Arrest Me Red for the first time, said he was impressed by the colt’s winning efforts in the Mahony in August at Saratoga Race Course and the Grade 3 Belmont Turf Sprint Invitational last out on October 2.
“I saw his last couple races and knew he was fast,” Lopez said. “There wasn't much speed today. I broke and put my horse in the race and waited for competition. I saw the horse coming to the inside [Pulsate] and I put a little pressure. That horse is a very good horse. Wesley knows what he is doing."
Franco said Pulsate, who he guided to victory in the Lucky Coin in September at the Spa, was timid when asked to pass along the hedge.
“I had the room to go through, but my horse just hesitated a little bit,” Franco said. “He was coming the last sixteenth of a mile. When I rode him to the wire, he responded to me. He just got a little bit tired. He ran well though.”
Backtohisroots, Value Proposition, Big Package, Maxwell Esquire, Omaha City and Turned Aside completed the order of finish. Grateful Bred, who broke through the gate ahead of the race, was scratched.
Bred in Kentucky by his owners, Arrest Me Red banked $82,500 in victory while improving his record to five wins from seven starts. He paid $6.50 for a $2 win ticket.
Live racing resumes Sunday at the Big A with a 10-race card featuring the $150,000 Autumn Days in Race 7, the Grade 3, $200,000 Fall Highweight in Race 8 and the $100,000 Tepin in Race 9. First post is 11:50 a.m. Eastern.
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