Post Positions (per Random.org)
1. Royal Ransom
Post Time Odds
1. Royal Ransom: 3 - 1
2. Duality: 6 - 1
3. Mastermind: 20 - 1
4. Assault: 1.5 - 1 (f)
5. Kyushu: 16 - 1
6. Costa: 2 - 1
7. Solo: 5.5 - 1
The horses have reached the starting gate! They're all in line... and they're off!
Kyushu is a bit keen to go but it will be MASTERMIND to take the lead unexpectedly and open up about five lengths on the field! Grey Mastermind will lead the way into the first turn with Kyushu chasing in second, Assault up third with Duality fourth, another length back to Costa with Solo second last and Royal Ransom trailing as they run nito the backstretch. Mastermind will lead the way through an opening quarter in 24.1, he's got about two and a half lengths on Kyushu in second< Assault another two back in third, COsta now up in fourth with five more back to Duality, Solo at his flank and filly Royal Ransom running at the back of the pack. Mastermind setting a reasonable pace here after a half in 48.5 seconds and going into six furlongs at 1:12.6, he's got the field measured with Kyushu chasing in second, Assault up in third with Costa coming up on the outside, Duality continually dropping back with Solo now looking to come on and Royal Ransom still at the back of the pack as they come to the final turn! Mastermind still holding on narrowly but here's Kyushu to challenge with Assault on the outsdie to challenge, Solo pounding up around the field as they round the bend and enter the homestretch!
At the top of the lane, it's three across with Mastermind, Kyushu and Assault all vying for the lead and it'll be Kyushu who will throw it in first, he's backing up now with Assault pulling away, Mastermind at the rail and spinning his wheels a bit as Costa now heads into the fray to challenge! Assault up by two with Costa chasing in second, Mastermind at the rail with Kyushu at his flank, and here is SOLO to rally on the extreme outside and flying up in the final furlong! Assault up on top, Costa two lengths off, Solo running on with Mastermind and Kyushu in between, Royal Ransom and Duality both out of it and too far behind to make any impact. They're in the final sixteenth and it will be Assault to the lead the way to the wire under steady handling in his final race before the Kentucky Derby!
Assault will reel in another facile victory today with Costa second, Solo third, Mastermind fourth and Kyushu fifth.
1. (4) Assault - 2:11.6
2. (6) Costa (1 3/4 lengths)
3. (7) Solo (1 3/4 lengths)
4. (3) Mastermind (3/4 length)
5. (5) Kyushu (length)
6. (1) Royal Ransom (5 lengths)
7. (2) DUality (1 3/4 lengths)
Places 1 - 5 take your points, while Royal Ransom and Duality will both earn 1 pt for stamina and 1 pt for power.
Quarter Splits: 24.1 | 48.5 | 1:12.6 | 1:36.9 | 1:59.9 | 2:11.6
1. Royal Ransom - Trailed, swung wide on the final turn, had no desire to run inside horses
2. Duality - Ran mid-field, continually lost ground after a mile, faded
3. Mastermind - Broke on top, ran off on the lead, faded in lane after challenged on turn
4. Assault - Forwardly placed, three wide on turn, won handily
5. Kyushu - Broke alertly, settled to chase in second, rallied on turn, faded
6. Costa - Ran mid-field, rallied on turn, hung slightly in lane
7. Solo - Trailed, circled field on turn, rallied well