Brilliant Speed locked up a derby spot by showing his brilliant speed in the final quarter mile of the G.1 Toyota Blue Grass Stakes on Saturday. Ridden by Joel Rosario and trained by Tom Albertrani, Brilliant Speed covered the 1 1/8 mile distance over Keeneland’s Polytrack in 1:50.92. The win, only his 2nd career victory and first this year, secured him a post position in the derby and placed morning line favorite Santiva’s in serious jeopardy as he finished 9th in a field of 12. (Race Replay)
Breaking from the gate, Joes Blazing Aaron and Pratereo jockied for position and raced one-two in a pedestrian pace for the first half mile. Twinspired, who had success on Turfway’s synthetic surface, moved in on the leaders and made a strong move in the final stretch, taking the lead at one point as they made their way toward the finish line. Brilliant Speed received a few calls throughout the race. He was in last position until rounding the second turn. Rosario guided Brilliant Speed to the far outside and clipped Twinspired by a nose at the wire. Santiva was never in contention.
5. Brilliant Speed $40.20 $20.80 $13.00
7. Twinspired $21.20 $11.80
2. King Congie $8.80
Congratulations to the winning connections of Brilliant Speed. We hope that all horses returned to their respective barns in good shape and in good health.
I would also like to correct a mistake in last week’s morning line addition. I reported that Spectacular Bid was the last horse to sweep the Blue Grass and the Kentucky Derby in 1979. However, Strike the Gold accomplished the feat for trainer Nick Zito in 1991. My apologies to Mr. Zito and the late great Chirs Antley. Next up, the Coolmore Lexington Stakes from Keeneland on Saturday.
Written by Big Brink