Life Is Good Rebuts Legislation Professor in Woodward

Life Is Good Rebuts Legislation Professor in Woodward

A Breeders’ Cup showdown is 5 weeks away, however the battle strains have been set in mud Oct. 1 at a dank Aqueduct Racetrack.

After the undefeated Flightline  turned in his closing prep for the Nov. 5 Longines Breeders’ Cup Traditional (G1) with an awe-inspiring 19 1/4-length within the Sept. 3 TVG Pacific Traditional (G1), Saturday’s $465,000 Woodward Stakes (G1) on the Massive A supplied his major nemesis, Life Is Good , along with his alternative to report one closing begin earlier than shifting on to Keeneland for the World Championships.

He did not disappoint, although he did give his mutuel backers, who made him the 1-20 favourite, a late second-turn scare.

In a efficiency about 180 levels faraway from Flightline’s blistering show of velocity at Del Mar, CHC and WinStar Farm’s $4 million earner Life Is Good cruised to a snug 1 1/4-length wet-track victory over a persistent Legislation Professor  in a efficiency that ought to have him on edge when the matchup everybody needs to see, Flightline vs. Life Is Good, unfolds in subsequent month’s 1 1/4-mile Traditional.

“It was comfy. We needed to win, however we did not wish to placed on a present,” stated Elliott Walden, WinStar Farm’s CEO, president, and racing supervisor. “It is on to the subsequent one. It wasn’t too exhausting of a race, and it ought to set him up for the subsequent one.”

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And that subsequent one ought to be a traditional in additional methods than one.

“I am wanting ahead to it,” Walden stated in regards to the matchup with Flightline and the remainder of the highest filth horses in coaching, together with Lukas Traditional (G2) winner Scorching Rod Charlie  and the 3-year-olds Epicenter ,Taiba , and Wealthy Strike —most of whom appear prone to run.

The toteboard informed the story of the Woodward, which has historically been run at Belmont Park. Towards simply three rivals after the scratch of Thomas Shelby , Life Is Good, a a number of grade 1-winning son of Into Mischief   skilled by Corridor of Fame Todd Pletcher went off at minimal odds and led all through.

Breaking from the rail, the place there have been some puddles of water on the sloppy, sealed monitor from 0.74 inches of rainfall, jockey Irad Ortiz Jr. broke rapidly with Life Is Good and moved out a few paths.

“He is fast out of there,” Ortiz stated. “There was not an excessive amount of velocity within the race and the primary a part of the race, there was lots of water. We bought lots of rain. I needed to get off the rail and was capable of do it. He broke quick, and he stayed there (on the lead) the entire time.”

Life Is Good Rebuts Legislation Professor in Woodward
Photograph: Coglianese Images/Janet Garaguso

Irad Ortiz Jr. enjoys his journey to the winner’s circle aboard Life Is Good

The fractions have been comfy because the 4-year-old bred by Gary and Mary West reeled off splits of :24.40, and :48.60 with 34-1 Informative  the closest pursuer.

“A part of his brilliance is with the ability to go quick and preserve going,” Pletcher stated after the front-running Life Is Good turned in his slowest half-mile faction in 10 U.S. races. The bay colt posted a :46.84 opening half-mile in his earlier begin and win, the Whitney Stakes (G1) at Saratoga Race Course. “It was the logical techniques for right now, however I do not assume it is his most well-liked operating fashion. His actual weapon is his high-cruising velocity and the flexibility to maintain going.”

On the ultimate flip, Twin Creek Racing Stables’ Legislation Professor moved alongside Life Is Good to make issues attention-grabbing, however within the stretch beneath urging from Ortiz, the bay colt moved away from the 26-1 shot to open a transparent lead of 1 1/2 lengths in mid-stretch and stayed on high whereas overlaying the 1 1/8 miles in 1:49.57.

“Heading to the quarter-pole, I assumed I had an enormous shot to win it. However then Life Is Good hit one other gear,” stated Jose Ortiz, who rode Legislation Professor, a 4-year-old gelding.

The $2.10 winner turned in a :12.33 closing furlong in crossing the wire.

Life Is Good wins the 2022 Woodward Stakes at Belmont At The Big A
Photograph: Coglianese Images/Dom Napolitano

Life Is Good heads for house within the Woodward

“It would not matter what the fractions are. He reveals up. He is an unimaginable horse,” Walden stated.

Pletcher stated Life Is Good will head to Keeneland Oct. 3 to start preparations for the Breeders’ Cup.

The victory was the ninth in 11 begins for Life Is Good and fourth grade 1, pushing his earnings to $4,361,700.

“He is an ideal horse with that lengthy stride. It is lots of enjoyable to be right here and watch him win an enormous race,” stated WinStar proprietor Kenny Troutt. “We’ll see what occurs within the Traditional. We’re actual enthusiastic about it.”

Legislation Professor, a homebred son of Structure   skilled by Rob Atras, was second by 10 1/4 lengths over Cypress Creek Equine, Arnold Bennewith, and Spendthrift Farm’s Keepmeinmind , one other Pletcher trainee. Informative was final of the 4 runners.

“Constitutions, you by no means take them flippantly, and Legislation Professor ran the race of his life. It was an ideal race by him. Constitutions love the mud, so I figured he’d give (Life Is Good) a very good run,” stated Walden, whose farm stands Structure.

Life Is Good wins the 2022 Woodward Stakes at Belmont At The Big A
Photograph: Coglianese Images

Life Is Good’s connections settle for the trophy for the Woodward Stakes

Life Is Good, initially skilled by Bob Baffert earlier than transferred to Pletcher final summer season, is out of the Distorted Humor  mare Seaside Stroll . Bought for $525,000 from the Paramount Gross sales consignment on the Keeneland September Yearling Sale, he’s her second foal and first stakes winner. Her three most up-to-date foals embody a 2-year-old filly Dwelling Good  by Blame  , a yearling Sweet Journey   colt, and a full brother to Life Is Good born this yr.

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