LAUREL, MD – Maythehorsebwithu, a 3-year-old gelding owned by Michael Dubb and Bethlehem Stables LLC, led every step of the way Saturday to win the $100,000 Miracle Wood at Laurel Park by four-lengths while covering a mile in 1:37.02.
Tiz Mandate, who broke last, closed to finish second, just a half-length in front of Spectacular Bid winner Kenny Had a Notion.
The Miracle Wood was one of six stakes run on the afternoon worth $900,000 along with the Barbara Fritchie (G3) and General George (G3).
Second last time out in the Spectacular Bid at seven furlongs after rating off Kenny Had a Notion, Maythehorsebwithu, trained by Brittany Russell and ridden by Sheldon Russell, broke sharp and on top in the five-horse field and went an opening quarter in :24.02 and a half in :47.51 while being pressed by Klaravich Stables Inc.’s Subsidize while Kenny Had a Notion raced third. Around the turn, Kenny Had a Notion moved inside Subsidize into second took aim on the leader. But Maythehorsebwithu had plenty left and drove to the finish for his first stakes victory.
“My horse broke very sharp today and he’s a forward kind of horse,” Sheldon Russell said. “Last time I sort of broke on Kenny’s hip. But the way my guy broke today I had no choice. I was inside Kenny. We didn’t have any problems with this horse getting the distance. He trains in the morning like he’ll run all day. I’m just glad we got the job done.”
A son of Bullsbay who sold for $55,000 as a yearling, Maythehorsebwithu has won three of seven starts along with three seconds.
Miracle Wood Replay
“He’s the kind of horse in the morning that always trains very forwardly,” Brittany Russell said. “You can’t get this horse tired, and he always has big, huge gallop-outs after his breezes, so we were pretty confident that he would appreciate added distance.
“Seeing what happened in the Spectacular Bid in the stretch run, I was confident that if he got the right trip he could definitely get the mile.”
Subsidize, who shipped in from the New York stable of Chad Brown, finished fourth while Newyearsblockparty, second in the Pasco at Tampa Bay Downs Jan. 16, finished fifth.
The wins just keep piling up for the impressive Street Lute. (Maryland Jockey Club)
Owned by Lucky 7 Stable and trained by John Robb, Street Lute won her fifth consecutive stakes races and seventh race in eight starts when she moved three-wide at the top of the stretch to win the $100,000 Wide Country by a length over Fraudulent Charge. Salt Plage checked in third.
A daughter of Street Magician ridden by Xavier Perez, Street Lute covered the seven furlongs in 1:23.59.
“From the beginning we all thought she was a very special horse and I think that Jerry’s said that in every interview,” said Gina Robb, assistant, and wife of John Robb. “Now with so many stakes under her belt and her performance today, I think she’s finally stamped it. Today was definitely a big day and I think it was her toughest company today.”
Breaking alertly from the gate, Perez rated Street Lute in third while Little Huntress was pressed by Whiskey and Rye through brisk fractions of 22:62 and :441.91. But around the turn, Street Lute carried Perez effortlessly to the front and drove away from the competition as Fraudulent Charge closed for the place.
“My concern when I was watching the race was, I said, ‘Wow, I don’t feel like he’s asking her but she’s not going anywhere. They must be flying.’ So, when I saw the 44 [second half-mile] I said, ‘Oh, thank goodness.’ Then once he asked her, it was all over,” Gina Robb said. “Able to chase that pace and finish the way she did? That was pretty spectacular.”
“Seven-eighths today, in great fashion. I think it was even better than the day she won the Maryland Juvenile [Filly Championship going] seven-eighths. I think she kind of proved a point today.”
Said Perez: “She likes running after horses up front. I saw Brittany’s horse go and we settled in nice. This race set up perfect for us just like Jerry said. I was so confident off the turn we were cruising to the wire.”
Wide Country Replay
Photo: Maythehorsebwithu. (Maryland Jockey Club)