Post Time makes bold rally in stakes debut. (Jerry Dzierwinski/MJC)
David Joseph/Maryland Jockey Club
LAUREL, Md. – Hillwood Stable’s Post Time, in his stakes debut, made a powerful last-to-first move around the far turn and kept his perfect record intact with an eye-catching 3 ¾-length triumph in Saturday’s $100,000 Maryland Juvenile at Laurel Park.
The 41st running of the Maryland Juvenile co-headlined a nine-race program with the 36th edition of the $100,000 Maryland Juvenile Fillies, both for Maryland-bred/sired horses sprinting seven furlongs.
It was the third win in as many starts for Post Time ($4), trained by Laurel fall meet leader Brittany Russell and ridden in each of her races by Eric Camacho. The winning time was 1:23.98 over a muddy main track.
“It was a blast. He’s such a racehorse,” Camacho said. “He’s gotten better. He’s getting better with time. You’ve got to watch out for him in his next race.”
Green and quirky in his first two starts, which he won by 8 ¾ combined lengths, Post Time had his mind on business Saturday. He was unhurried after breaking from the rail and was last of seven as Johnyz From Albany, last out winner of the Maryland Million Nursery, posted a 22.26-second quarter-mile.
Camacho, who won 787 races from 2004-2016 and now exercises horses for Russell, gave Post Time his cue and the gray or roan son of Grade 1-winning multi-millionaire Frosted responded with a bold rush on the far outside to move into contention after a half in 45.81. Post Time powered through the stretch without urging from Camacho to surge past Johnyz From Albany and draw clear.
“I was next-to-last going into the turn, got him together and asked him for his best at the three-eighths pole. He circled the field, came up to Johnyz From Albany and just went right by him,” Camacho said. “I just went on with him. There was no playing around.”
Johnyz From Albany was second, 3 ¾ lengths ahead of Coffeewithchris. Tiz No Clown, Feeling Woozy, California Ghost and Tidewater completed the order of finish.
Hillwood’s Ellen Charles purchased Post Time for $85,000 out of Fasig-Tipton’s 2021 Midlantic Eastern Fall Yearling Sale at the Maryland State Fairgrounds in Timonium. Bred by Dr. and Mrs. Thomas Bowman, Dr. Brooke Bowman and Milton Higgins III, he debuted Oct. 7 in a 5 ½-furlong off-the-turf maiden special weight sprint Oct. 7 at Laurel, returning 20 days later to capture an optional claiming allowance. Saturday was the first time he raced as the post-time favorite, narrowly over Johnyz From Albany.