Einstein Proves Smart Choice in Woodford
In his third try, the Helen Pitts-trained Einstein went to the head of the class in the $548,300 Woodford Reserve Turf Classic (gr. IT) (VIDEO) May 3 at Churchill Downs.
“He’s very versatile," Pitts said. "You can run him short, and you can run him long. He adjusts to pace, no pace. Whatever the situation is, he deals with it. He’s the love of my life.”
“This year he’s just double game," Albarado said of Einstein, who won the Gulfstream Park Turf (gr. IT) in February. "He’s doing things easy. He’s willing and able out there. He wants to be close to the pace and get them that way rather than coming in the backdoor. He’s giving himself a better chance to do well. When (Out of Control) came to him today, he just dug back in.”
Einstein laid just off the pace set by Zayat Stables’ Thorn Song, who led the field through fractions of :24.68 for the quarter mile, :49.13 for the half, and 1:12.97 for three quarters. The final time for the race on the good turf course was 1:50.50.
“He traveled well as long as he was up underneath the hold" Gomez said of Out of Control. "But as soon I needed him to really go ahead and sprint for home, ground was just soft enough that it got away from him," Gomez said.
David Heerensperger’s Artiste Royal, with Rafael Bejarano aboard, launched a wide late bid to take third.
Einstein and the Irish-bred Artiste Royal each carried high weight of 124 pounds.
"The Arlington Million (Aug. 9) would be an ultimate goal, but I think he needs a break now for him to be ready and on top of his game by the Arlington Million, whether it’s one race from now or two races from now," Pitts said. "We’ll see how he comes out of it. He’s one that loves the game."
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