03/03/2013 6:55PM

Aqueduct: Went the Day Well finishes fifth in comeback after breathing issue


Went the Day Well bombed as the 1-2 favorite in a second-level New York-bred allowance race at Aqueduct, finishing fifth in a six-horse field.

Afterward, Team Valor International, the primary owner of Went the Day Well, posted a release on its Twitter account that said jockey Junior Alvarado said the horse was having breathing issues.

The release further stated that a post-race examination showed the beginnings of possibly paralysis of the left vocal cord.

“We’ll have to wait about 10 days and then breeze him back with dynamic scope equipment to get a clearer picture of what we’re dealing with,” said Barry Irwin, Team Valor’s CEO.

A dynamic scope allows the throat to be videotaped while a horse is at full speed, since many breathing conditions are only induced under strenuous exercise, the release stated.

There was plenty of ripped up show tickets on Went the Day Well, while those who bet show on the top three finishers – Windafull, Cap the Moment, and Fortitude – were rewarded with payouts of $9.70, $33, and $43.40.

Bruce Baudoux More than 1 year ago
This winter hasn't been overly kind to Team Valor and Graham Motion at all. It seems every weekend there is a whole bunch of hulabaloo over the Team Valor animals that just aren't winning. I have never been a huge Motion fan as his ability to get one ready and maintain his form ongoing seems beyond his scope. It's always about horses coming back from layoffs with this group and they seldom get the job done. Perhaps Grahams numbers second off the layoff is where it's happening.
john p More than 1 year ago
He's done! Give Barry Irwin a towel to cry on! Tell him ,if he's so strong about taking horse's off lasix,then let him be the first to do so!!!!
Csun More than 1 year ago
Thousands of investors have flourished with Mr. Irwin via Clover Racing Stable, Team Valor, Team Valor LTD and Team Valor International. I was stunned that he wasn't nominated to the Hall of Fame after Animal Kingdom's Derby win and subsequent years after. The press release looks like the kind of current and accurate info that we've come to expect from racing's voice of reason. Team Valor took advantage of what seemed to be an easy spot in the condition book and WTDW ran a clunker due to an ailment. These things happen, deal with it.
Raymond Hackinson More than 1 year ago
A horse does not drop from the Preakness where he ran dismally to an optional 25m NYB claimer wikthout a medical issue There were more red flags on this horse than on a beach with a hurricane approaching Luckily I played every horse but WTDW for show.
Bob More than 1 year ago
Peeps , these are animals not cars. I don't care if god is training they run how and when they want. All a trainer can do is clock then scratch them if they see fit.
jay More than 1 year ago
It looks like there are a lot of sore loser chalk players here.
radnor87 More than 1 year ago
You would have thought that someone might have heard a noise galloping and breezing the horse at home . Other jockeys in the race apparently asked Alvarado about the unusually loud noise he made throughout the race, and there were also reports that he was unsteady after , so his breathing must be seriously compromised.
Alex More than 1 year ago
The count down has begun for Team Valor looking for a new trainer. Barry Irwin hasnt enjoyed too much winners circle success since AK won the Derby.
John Casse More than 1 year ago
Maybe he was retro urinating
keith More than 1 year ago
That's funny they give u a excuse for why the horse had a bad race "It's a race, anything can happen" and you jump all over Team Valor IRWIN why they believe WTDW ran poorly. Next time he runs WTDW u can scratch your a** and wonder why he ran so bad next time out. 99% trainers, owner, jockey's ect... never give a excuse why a horse has a bad race day. thanks for the heads up Mr. Irwin.