By Dick Downey
The Downey Profile
Twinspired may not be a major Kentucky Derby contender, but he ran a serious race to win the WEBN Stakes at Turfway Park by 4 1/4 lengths as the 3-2 favorite.
Mike Maker trained the exacta as 18-1 shot R Fast Cat closed from 15 lengths back to get second in the $50,000 contest.
Twinspired was prominent throughout the mile race, tracking longshot Military Jewel, Cuvee's Image and Paige Me down the backstretch after going five wide on the first turn from an outside post. He took control in upper stretch and drew off in a steady drive under Jozbin Santana. The time was 1:41.57.
R Fast Cat made a mad, late rush to nail Taptowne for second after Twinspired wrested the lead the latter one. Cuvee's Image was well back of the the top three and held off the rest of the field to finish fourth. The order of finish was completed by Paige Me, Champion Kid, Drifting Wind, Practical Justice, Bluegrass Dreamer, Banjammer, Sir Rudy and Military Jewel. Faisal Prince and Grandpa Gibby were each scratched by their trainers.
Twinspired came into the race with one win to his credit, a debut victory. He had returned to Kentucky, where he's been in training, from a foray in the Dania Beach on firm turf at Gulfstream Park on Jan. 16. He finished sixth--and was placed fifth--but was only beaten 2 1/2 lengths by Adirondack Summer. Before that, Twinspired competed in the Springboard Mile at Remington late last year, but he was a well-beaten eighth.
The winner is a gray or roan colt by Harlan's Holiday, out of Historical Drive, by El Prado. He was bred in Kentucky by John Jain, Lawrence Opas and Frank Sinatra. Twinspired is jointly owned by Alpha Stables, Skychai Racing LLC and Sand Dollar Stable LLC, who purchased Twinspired for $140,000 at the Fasig-Tipton Midlantic 2-Year-Olds in Training Sale last May.
Jozbin Santana: “I was sitting in a perfect spot around the first turn. I was on the best horse, and I was on the outside, just waiting until the three-eighths pole to let the horse run. But the 11 horse (Taptowne) came at me a little bit earlier so I had to move so I wouldn’t be stuck behind heels. But my horse responded really well.”