One thing about training for Team Valor International, you never know what bundle of joy is going to be left on your doorstep during the winter. Most of these little surprises are European orphans looking for a home in
This year, the “lost boy” who came smelling of roses was Went the Day Well, named after a 1942 World War II movie, who Team Valor president Barry Irwin snatched up following close second-place finishes at Haydock and Leicester in England.
By Proud Citizen, out of a Tiznow mare, Went the Day Well was bred for the dirt and looked like a good candidate to blossom in the
In his first start in the U. S., a 1 1/8-mile maiden race at Gulfstream on dirt Feb. 4, he was caught behind a very slow pace and closed well to finish fourth, beaten 1 1/2 lengths. Sent off as the even-money favorite in a 1 1/16-mile event on March 3, he was much closer to the pace and rallied through the stretch to win going away by 1 1/4 lengths.
Now it’s time to follow in the footsteps of Animal Kingdom and use the Vinery Racing Spiral Stakes (gr. II) March 24 as a springboard to the Kentucky Derby.
“Went the Day Well is a very attractive, talented horse that Barry found in
“I’m very comfortable with where he’s at. He’s benefited from his races in this country. I’ve seen improvement in him, and significant improvement after his fourth-place finish. In some ways, he’s been similar to Animal Kingdom, who was still very green going into the Spiral. I never could have imagined he’d be a
Motion is reaping the rewards of a Kentucky Derby victory, but understands that a certain amount of pressure goes with it.