Asmussen, Santana Double Up As Silver Prospector Prevails In Kentucky Jockey Club

Silver Prospector, center, fends off Finnick the Fierce (outside) and Tiz the Law (inside) to acquire the Kentucky Jockey Club Stakes

Winning his second graded stakes race on the card this Saturday at Churchill Downs, trainer Steve Asmussen and jockey Ricardo Santana, Jr. teamed up with 7-1 shot Silver Prospector to catch the Grade 2 Kentucky Jockey Club Stakes. Watch the Kentucky derby live, The 2-year-old son of Declaration of War, owned by Ed and Susie Orr, found clear running at the far turn and joined the struggle for the lead at the head of this lane.

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May 4, 2019; Louisville, KY, USA; Chris Landeros aboard Bodexpress (left) races Luis Saez aboard Maximum Security (right) during the 145th running of the Kentucky Derby at Churchill Downs. Mandatory Credit: Brian Spurlock-USA TODAY Sports – 12644775

“This horse has learned how to unwind and was able to do that very well now.”

“He was able to relax behind horses today and was extremely comfortable the whole trip.”  Santana said. Watch the Kentucky derby live. “He showed a great deal of strength being able to kick that difficult in the stretch.”

Silver Prospector broke nicely but laid off the early speed within this start, settling in fifth through the early going. Watch the Kentucky derby live,  Longshot New Eagle grabbed a 1 1/2-length lead down the backstretch, leading South Bend and bottled up favorite Tiz the Law through fractions of:24.39 and:49.92.

Tiz the Law was somewhat position early on, but settled to the backstretch run at a joint third with 2 Last Words. Watch the Kentucky derby live. Meanwhile, the Silver Prospector started to inch closer to the leaders while going three-wide in the far turn, and had moved into contention in the quarter pole.

Silver Prospector needed to first shake off the battle of South Bend, then Tiz the Law finally caught a seam between rivals and came together with his run up the interior. Watch the Kentucky Derby live.  When Tiz the Law switched back to his left lead in the sixteenth pole, Silver Prospector was able to maintain his edge and hold off the final rush of 87-1 longshot Finnick the Fierce by three-quarters of a length.  Tiz the Law settled for third, and Enforceable had been fourth.

“He managed the sand fine but I never was able to get him out of that spot on the railing,” post-time favorite Tiz that the Law’s jockey Manny Franco explained. Watch the Kentucky Derby live. “He felt great the entire way but he got a bit too much behind horses and we never got through.”

It seemed that Tiz the Law switched to his”incorrect” lead leg at the sixteenth pole.

“Well, it’s disappointing it’s not our day now,” said Tiz the Law’s managing partner Jack Knowlton of Sackatoga Stable. Watch the Kentucky derby live, “We sent him down here in order to receive a run over the trail and we got into some trouble at the race.  Hopefully we can proceed from the and we will find a strategy for what can be next.”

 The $190,000 OBS April order required four begins to break his maiden, and was last out in the recorded Street Sense Stakes at the beginning of Churchill’s November match. Watch the Kentucky derby live, The Kentucky Jockey Club win improves his overall record to two wins from six starts, with earnings of over $250,000. 

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