Retrospection has not been worse than second all year and proved that he cannot be overlooked as he paired up with Jockey Robby Albarado to take home the top prize in the 14th running of the $150,000 Governor’s Stakes Wednesday, Aug. 9. They covered the one mile and 70-yard event in a time of 1:42.66 to record their second win in five starts for 2017.
Starting from the outside post 11, Retrospection had intentions of getting up close to the pace early on, but a lot of traffic forced Albarado wide in the first turn as Shezaguy and Eddie Perez scooted up the inside to take advantage of the top spot early on. Evader and Marcelino Pedroza, also a longshot in the field, also made their presence known early, sitting to the outside of Shezaguy through the early portions of the race. Retrospection never let the top two get out away from them too far and maintained their position down the backstretch.
Mind Reader and DeShawn Parker were persistent in finding racing room and their persistency paid off, rallying home to the victory in the ninth running of the $100,000 Snack Stakes. The duo covered the one-mile turf course distance in a time of 1:36.80.
Starting from post 10 in the bulky field of 11 Indiana bred three-year-olds, Mind Reader rallied out of the starting gate with the pack, settling in nicely among the second tier horses as Gifted Justice and Declan Cannon shot to the lead on the inside with Evader and Marcelino Pedroza three wide as Shezaguy and Juan De La Cruz held his ground between horses. The trio of horses continued their pursuit of the race down the backstretch as horses continued to stay close from the top to bottom in the field. Around the turn, the late closers began kicking in and Parker let Mind Reader out a notch just to keep positioning.