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Calder: Speak Logistics wires In Reality
By Mike Welsch
MIAMI - Trainer Eddie Plesa Jr. kept his better 2-year-old colts in New Jersey for most of the summer. But he brought them all back home in time to run roughshod over the local division during the past month, culminating his recent success with Speak Logistics's 2 3/4-length triumph over Two T's At Two B in Saturday's $300,000 In Reality at Calder.
Speak Logistics victory in the In Reality, the final leg of the open division of the Florida Stallion Series, gave jockey Angel Serpa a sweep of both Stallion Series finales. Earlier he rode Verso a Verso to her upset win in the My Dear Girl.
Plesa, who had already won the Foolish Pleasure with Itsmyluckyday and the Birdonthewire with Brave Dave earlier in the Tropical meet, had Speak Logistics fit and ready despite having been away since winning his maiden in just his second career start nine weeks earlier at Monmouth Park.
Sent right to the front from his inside post by Serpa, Speak Logistics was allowed to set a leisurely pace, posting fractions of 25.16 and 50.82 seconds over the good track, for the opening quarter- and half-mile of the In Reality. As a result, Speak Logistics, a son of High Cotton, had plenty left in reserve to maintain a safe advantage when roused through the stretch.
Two T's at Two B, easy winner of the opening leg of the Stallion Stakes, the six-furlong Dr. Fager, rated within easy striking distance from the outset. But he proved no match for the winner at the end while easily second-best, finishing nearly six lengths in front of Uptown Anthem.
Speak Logistics went off as the surprising 9-5 favorite in a field of 10 juvenile colts and geldings and returned $5.60. His final time of 1:47.79 was less than a second off the clocking posted by the older Cash Rules for his victory earlier in the day in the Grade 3 Spend a Buck Handicap.
"It was a slow pace, we were on the lead, and we dictated it," said Plesa. "Sometimes in a race like this, where it looks like there's a lot of speed, everybody takes back and they're not aware how slow they are going on the lead."
Plesa, who also won the In Reality in 1984 with B. B. Best and has won its filly counterpart, the My Dear Girl, three times, said he gave Speak Logistics the time off following his maiden win to prepare him for this race.
"I'm a big believer, in this race in particular, in getting them ready on the racetrack rather than running them, and it's been very successful for me in the past, particularly in this series."
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