Saturday, January 31, 2009

Take the Points Takes Next Step

Could it be an omen a day before Super Bowl XLIIII in Tampa Bay?

Paul Pompa Jr.’s 3-year-old Well Positioned was a strong 7-5 favorite in Saturday’s first race at Gulfstream Park in his first start since a 14¼ lengths maiden victory at Aqueduct in November.

Well Positioned broke a half-step slow in the one mile allowance race, but never got closer than third down the backstretch as Starlight Stable’s Take the Points went on to score by two lengths under jockey Edgar Prado at 9-2 over Peachtree Stable’s Masala at 5-1 in second. Well Positioned finished sixth of seven.

Trained by Todd Pletcher, Take the Points is a roan/gray son of Even the Score purchased for $160,000 at Fasig-Tipton Kentucky July yearling sales. He had won his last start at Belmont Park on Sept. 27 after finishing fourth in his debut at Churchill Downs in July and finishing second at Saratoga in August in his first two starts.

Trainer Todd Pletcher -- “They got off to a slow start today, but I think that all of the races run today out of the chute will be that way if this headwind keeps up. It was a strong performance. He had a good outside post and was able to come off the pace nicely. Coming into the race we were hopeful. We were hoping for a good comeback race for him, especially at this time in the meet, and he put in a quality performance today”

Jockey Edgar Prado -- “It pretty much went according to plan. I galloped him most of the way. We broke well. I was just waiting, taking my time to make a move. I didn’t have much of a problem. It was an easy ride the whole way. There was no pressure. He appears to be better mentally now than he was for the last race.”

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