In front of a record crowd of 18,571 at Sunland Park on Sunday, Twice the Appeal dominated down the stretch en-route to securing a huge 1 1/2 length win (Replay). The payout on winning tickets were big but not nearly as big as Twice the Appeals take on the $800,000 purse. Leaving Sunland Park with $400,000 in first place prize money, Twice the Appeal firmly planted himself inside the graded stakes earnings top 10 and into the conversation of Kentucky Derby contenders.
Trained by Jeff Bonde and ridden by Christian Santiago Reyes, Twice the Appeal redeemed himself after being disqualified from 2nd to 4th for drifting down the stretch his last time out in The Turf Paradise Derby on 2/27. He returned and made a bold statement. Sitting in sixth early, the race set up beautifully for this late-running colt as the pace in front was just too fast for any horse with any ideas of winning.
Trained by Bafftert and ridden by Martin Garcia, the 2-1 favorite Sinai, took the lead before the quarter pole and set a blistering pace with fractions of 22.61, 45:03 and 1:10.89 for six furlongs. As sprinters are known to do in thier first race going two turns, prior to the stretch, Sinai put himself behind the eight ball. It was there that Astrology took the opportunity to move 4 wide and claim the lead. With veteran rider Julien Leparoux aboard, Astrology led the field at the top of turn as he looked able to fend off Twice the Appeal who began pressing hard just to the outside. However, Twice the Appeal’s final charge would not be denied. Moving aggressively after getting called by Reyes at the three-eigths pole, his come from behind style really showed as he gracefully moved down the stretch. Rounding out the top 3, was Ruler on Ice, who battled traffic and bid late to complete a trifecta that lit up the tote board.
- 9 Twice the Appeal $53.20 $14.80 $10.00
- 11 Astrology $4.00 $3.00
- Ruler on Ice $4.60
- $1 Exacta (9-11) Paid: $137.60 – $1 Trifecta (9-11-1) Paid: $1,274.30
Following the race Bonde indicated that his colt will be moving onto Kentucky. There are no indications that he’ll race again until Derby Day, so expect him to join the likes of Pants on Fire, Mucho Macho Man, and Animal Kingdom as they enter into a six week layoff before the big one. As for Astrology, this race was his 3 yr old debut. Although he has definitely qualified for the Kentucky Derby after adding an additional $176,000 in graded stakes earnings, it may be best for him to race again before the Derby. However, if and where that will be is up to Stonestreet Stables, George Bolton and Trainer Steve Asumussen. Stay tuned, as we’re sure to keep you posted.
Congratulations to the winning of connections of Twice the Appeal, we wish you the best of luck moving forward and on to the Kentucky Derby.
Written by: Little Brink