Redbud Road, a two-time stakes winner at Calder during her juvenile season, got 2012 off to a terrific start as the 3-year-old Awesome of Course filly fought her way to a three-quarter length win in the $75,000 French Village S. (VIDEO
) Saturday at Calder Race Course.
The victory gave Awesome Again a stakes “daily double” at Calder; one race earlier the 3-year-old colt Fort Loudon took the $75,000 In Summation S.
Like Fort Loudon, Redbud Road in owned by her breeder Jacks or Better Farm and is trained by Stanley Gold. Her trainer had her ready for the French Village off a strong series of works, and Redbud Road was always in contention. She dueled for the first half mile in a lively :44.79, then began to pull away, opening up by two lengths the was kept about her business to complete the six panels in 1:11.29.
“Just like last year,” winning jockey Luis Saez beamed after the race. “The last three times she worked, I was on her. And the last time, when we worked her from the gate, she broke perfect and worked great. Right then, I knew I was going to win this race.”
“I knew she was dead ready,” Gold said of Redbud Road's layoff. “She’s had a steady diet of good solid works, and I knew that she wasn’t going to be short. Sometimes the plan works, and sometimes it doesn’t. This time it worked out.”
Redbud Road is now 4-2-1 in seven starts, with a bankroll of $236,955.
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