Testify Wins Aegon Turf Sprint; Makes Up For 2nd in 2001

Coming with a strong move late while wide, Testify rallied to win the Aegon Turf Sprint (gr. III) by a head over Texas Glitter in the five-furlong dash. Ridden confidently by Jerry Bailey, Testify waited off a hot pace, came wide with his rally and was just up for the win.

Texas Glitter, who also came from off the pace, rallied up the hedge under John Velazquez and just missed. Testify traveled the distance in :57.39 over the course labeled good after yesterday's soaking rains.

An outsider in the field, Testify paid $24.80, $9.60, and $6.60. Texas Glitter paid $5.60 and $4.40. Gone Fishin, who finished just a neck back of Texas Glitter, paid $8.80 to show. The 8-4 exacta returned $132.

Mighty Beau broke first in the Aegon Turf Sprint and was quickly joined on his outside by 5-2 favorite Orientate and Morluc, last year's winner. Those three held a sizable advantage over the rest of the field while setting a :21.98 opening quarter. Mighty Beau cleared those rivals turning for home, getting the half in :45.18, but was run down in a cavalry charge to the wire.

Gone Fishin finished third, just a neck behind Texas Glitter. It was another 1 1/2 lengths back to Mighty Beau, who held for fourth.

Knave and Twilight Road were scratched.

Trained by Randy Morse for the Robert S. Mitchell Trust, Testify is a 5-year-old horse by Pembroke, out of the Seattle Song mare Vands. He was bred in Kentucky by William Lussky. He was making his third start of the year, having finished unplaced in starts at Oaklawn and Keeneland prior to shipping to Churchill Downs. In last year's Aegon win by Morluc, Testify finished second.

Texas Glitter, trained by Todd Pletcher for Vinery Stables, Mike Ryan, and Dennis Schwartz, came into the Aegon Turf Sprint off a win in the Yankee Affair Stakes at Gulfstream Park. The 8-4 exacta paid $132.

(Chart, Equibase)

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