11/04/2012 5:55PM

Aqueduct: Violence prevails in Nashua despite swerve in the stretch

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Violence, ridden by Javier Castellano, survives an inquiry for brushing an opponent during the stretch run of Sunday's Nashua for 2-yar-olds.

Violence, who was among Todd Pletcher’s 21 juvenile maiden winners at Saratoga, rallied four wide on the turn, drifted in while forging to the lead in the stretch, and survived an inquiry in Sunday’s 38th running of the Grade 2, $200,000 Nashua Stakes at Aqueduct.

 Violence, a $600,000 colt by Medaglia d’Oro, raced in mid-pack early as his $1.3 million stablemate Darwin set the pace under pressure from Really Sharp and Vegas No Show through fractions of 22.88 and 45.45 seconds.

Violence ($7.80) joined the fray from the far outside after six furlongs in 1:09.46, shifted inward and brushed with Vegas No Show while edging past under Javier Castellano, and crossed the wire in front by two lengths.

 “I worked him one time in the morning and he didn’t show me much, but in the afternoon he is a different horse,” said Castellano. “He is much more on the bridle and was more competitive. He lugged in a little bit, but I don’t think it was a big deal.”

Violence ran the mile in 1:35.32 on a fast main track - exactly one second faster than My Happy Face required in the Tempted for fillies earlier on the card.

Vegas No Show, steadied in the vicinity of the eighth pole, altered course and outfinished Really Sharp for second by three lengths. Darwin steadied while tiring on the rail and faded to wind up fourth as the 3-5 favorite. Irsaal, Stormy Len, and Candy Raider completed the order of finish.

 “We kind of anticipated that’s how the race would unfold,” said Pletcher. “We anticipated Darwin and Really Sharp would show some speed, and we talked about stalking those. It was a big effort from a seven-furlong maiden at Saratoga to a November Grade 2. Everybody was a little green down the stretch – horses were kind of running all over the place. He wanted to lean in a little, but once Javier got him corrected he finished well.”

 

Raymond Felder More than 1 year ago
DID U SEE THE JOCKY ON NUM 3 TRY TO EXPLAIN TO TODD WHAT HAPPEN. TODD WHO WON THE RACE WAS PISSED. BECAUSE IF THE JOCKY ON NUM 4 AND 5 SAID ANYTHING THE 3 WAS COMING DOWN. NINE OUT OF TEN TIMES IF A STEWARD SEES A FOUL AND A JOCKY CLAIMS A FOUL THE NUMBERS ARE REVERSED. JOCKY GARCIA DID NOT SHOW UP TO WORK TODDS HORSES ONE DAY AND NOW GARCIA CANT GET A TODDS MOUNT.
richard montgomery More than 1 year ago
Violence made the others look like ponies. Questionable call be the bettors, I mean the stewards.
Raymond Felder More than 1 year ago
BOB OK:D BY THE STEWS? THEY SAW THE FOUL, IT WAS NOW UP TO THE JOCKY ON NUM 5 TO SAY I WAS BOTHERD BUT THE JOCKY SAID NOTHING? FIG IT OUT, ITS A GAME THEY ALL PLAY AND WE THE BETTORS TAKE THE LOST. I HAVE SEEN WITH MY OWN EYES THE JUDGES UP IN THE PODIUM CHECKING A HAND FULL OF TICKETS THAT THEY HAVE ON A HORSE? ARE THEY SUPOSE TO BE BETTING?
Raymond Felder More than 1 year ago
SURVIVED AN INQUIRY? DUH DID YOU UNDERSTAND WHAT YOU JUST SAID. HOW DOES ONE SURVIVE A STEWARDS INQUIRY? THE NUM 3 BOTHERED THE NUM 4 AND 5 HORSE WITH NO JOCKEY CLAIMING A FOUL? LIKE I SAID BECAUSE ITS TODD PLETCHER U BETTER NOT CAUSE THIS MAN A LOST IN A 200.000 DOL RACE BECAUSE YOU WILL NEVER RIDE ANY OF TODDS HORSES EVER?
Bob Rose More than 1 year ago
" Violence, who was among Todd Pletcher’s 21 juvenile maiden winners at Saratoga, rallied four wide on the turn, drifted in while forging to the lead in the stretch, and survived an inquiry in Sunday’s 38th running of the Grade 2, $200,000 Nashua Stakes at Aqueduct. ".........Duh. Itwas checked and ok'd by the stews Raymond.
Raymond Felder More than 1 year ago
TRUTH BE TOLD U CLAIM A FOUL ON TODD PLETCHER CAUSING HIM TO LOSE A BIG RACE AND U WILL NEVER RIDE A TODD PLETCHER HORSE AGAIN?
Raymond Felder More than 1 year ago
THE NUMBER 3 HORSE BOTHERED THE 5 AND THE 4 HORSE NO JOCKY CLAIM OF FOUL WHY?
Raymond Felder More than 1 year ago
WHY DIDNT THE JOCKY ON NUMBER FIVE CLAIM FOUL?