Laki passes Lebda to win the Whiteley and record stakes success for five consecutive racing years.
This week, a decision will be made on the route that multiple stakes winner Laki of Hillside Equestrian Meadows will take to next month win his title at the $ 200,000 Grade 3 Frank J. De Francis Memorial Dash at Laurel Park in Laurel, Md defend.
Laki drove an easy half mile in: 50.40 on Sunday at the historic Pimlico Race Course in Baltimore, Md., His first job after finishing fourth in Pimlicos six stadiums in Challedon on July 31, where he was less than two lengths from mucho was beaten.
“I was happy with it. It only ran a couple of weeks ago so I haven’t looked too much. I just wanted to expand his lungs a little, ”said coach Damon Dilodovico. “It was slower in the end, but we never really push him anyway.”
The six De Francis Stadiums, for ages 3 and over, hit the headlines for a September 18 program of four stakes worth $ 500,000 in purses. Eight-year-old gelding Laki is nominated for the $ 100,000 Chesapeake, which will be held under the same conditions on August 23 at Colonial Downs.
Laki emerged from a three-way photo finish, a nose off Eastern Bay at De Francis 2020 held on a Class 1 Preakness Stakes sub-card postponed to October amid the coronavirus pandemic. He skipped the 2019 race after finishing second behind Switzerland in 2018. Dilodovico also won the De Francis with Immortal Eyes in 2013 when the race was listed.
By winning his sixth career stakes in the six furlong Frank Y. Whiteley April 24 at Pimlico, Laki extended his streak to five consecutive seasons with at least one stakes win.
“I’m not sure if we’re going to do Colonial or just move on to De Francis. We will decide in the next few days, ”said Dilodovico. “[The De Francis] is a tiered race so we’re going to bring some shippers there. We will see. If it’s good, maybe we’ll just keep going. “
Also among several horses that Dilodovico blew up in Pimlico on Sunday was Phillip Ward’s 3-year-old shaking Tiz Mandate. It was clocked in: 49 for four stadiums and thus took fifth place out of 30 horses.
Tiz Mandate ran four consecutive races last winter and spring, finishing second at the 1-mile Miracle Wood on February 20 in Laurel. He went to the sidelines after beating the 1 1/8 mile Federico Tesio on Jan.
“He’s coming over. I took him to Parx and he really never got into the race, ”said Dilodovico. “I don’t know if it was just because I was gone for a while, but I was very pleased with its breeze today. He just got on a horse, sat comfortably, and when the time came, he took the reins and went straight past. “
Dilodovico said he hadn’t settled on the next seat for Tiz mandates.
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