Ridin with Biden easy rider in Deputed Testimony
G3 Placed Gelding Takes 6 ¼ Length Victory in 1 1/8 Mile Stakes
LAUREL, MD. – Cash is King and LC Racing’s Ride with Bidensecond to First Captain in Dwyer (G3) last year, slowed things down early and raced home for an easy 6¼ length win in Saturday’s $100,000 Deputed Testamony at Laurel Park.
The 1 1/8 mile delegate testimonial for children 3 and older was the richest of five stakes worth $400,000 in purses over a 10-race schedule that marked the last of three spectacular Saturdays of Laurel in July with a total of 11 stakes worth $1.05 million.
Prior to the delegate’s testimony, there were four $75,000 entries reserved for horses bred/bred in Maryland. Divine Huntress won Miss Disco for 3-year-old fillies, Spun Glass won Jameela for 3-year-old fillies and mares on grass, Alottahope won Star of Naskra for 3-year-olds and Justwaveandsmile won won the Ben’s Cat on grass for ages 3 and up.
With regular rider Frankie Pennington on board for trainer Robert E. ‘Butch’ Reid Jr., Ridin With Biden ($7.60) went the distance in 1:50.30 on a fast main track to become a winner stakes in his 15e beginning.
“We were lucky to get a good break and get a good position early on and I think that really helped us a lot,” Pennington said. “As me and Butch talked about it, [if] a crazy pace passes in front of us we will sit down because he can sit down and run. We ended up getting out easily. Butch had it ready and when I asked him to come home he really took off.
Pennington kept a tight grip on Ridin With Biden as they clocked a first quarter mile clocking 24.60 1/2 seconds in 48.94 with only light pressure from Tappin Cat, who took a victory in Sussex from a mile on July 7 at Delaware Park at his earlier start. Commander, who raced for the first time since finishing fifth in the April 2 Ghostzapper (G3) at Gulfstream Park, and Year 3 winner Magic Michael, were also part of the early mix.
Plot the Dots raced up the rail to put themselves in a tough spot on the backstretch, claiming third place after six furlongs in 1:13.31. Pennington took a quick look behind him around the far corner and there was plenty left once he straightened up to head home, opening through the lane.
Favored at 8-5, Plot the Dots finished second, 2 ¾ lengths ahead of Magic Michael. Treasure Trove was fourth, followed by Tappin Cat and Commander. Armando R has been scratched.
“He took me by surprise. It looked like he had tried to walk through the door once, so I thought Frankie must have really turned him on,” Reid said. set up for him and put that half length on them.When I saw the half mile time, I felt pretty good at the time.
The 4-year-old son of a multi-Grade 1-winning millionaire constitution, Ridin With Biden ranked in his five starts since being neutered to start this year, including an open July 17 indemnity at Delaware Park. Last out, he was second by two lengths behind Tax, winner of multiple graduated stakes, at the 1 1/16 mile Battery Park on July 9, also in Delaware.
“It made him a completely different horse,” Reid said. “It was just a very wise decision on the part of the owners and the management team to do something like this, and it did wonders for this horse. He was a bit of a bad actor in the box and he calmed down so much. He sailed perfectly here and was great in the paddock so I couldn’t ask for things to be better.
The Deputed Testamony returned to the Maryland Stakes calendar in 2020 after not being raced since 2008. It honors the last Maryland-raised winner of the Preakness Stakes (G1), which upset the winner of the Kentucky Derby (G1 ) Sunny’s Halo in 1983. Bred and raced by Bonita Farm and Francis P. Sears and trained by Bill Boniface, Deputed Testamony also won the 1983 Haskell (G1) and Federico Tesio.
Remarks: Jockey Jevian Toledo recorded a triple on Saturday, ending the card with wins in Race 1 on 2-year-old Spencerian ($3.60) and Race 10 with Flank Speed ($5) while winning the $75,000 Naskra Star in Race 7 with Alottahope ($5.40)…Victor Carrasco landed a one-two aboard Doctor Davis ($6) in Race 4 and Divine Huntress ($3.20 ) in the Miss Disco at $75,000 in race 5 … There will be a 20 cent carryover Rainbow 6 of $19,147.11 for Sunday’s nine race card that begins at 12:40 p.m. Multiple tickets with all six Saturday winners were each worth $468.76.
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