Make It Big remains unbeaten by winning the Springboard Mile

Make It Big won 10 qualifying points in the 2022 Kentucky Derby standings on Friday night, winning the $ 401,200 Springboard Mile for 2-year-olds at Remington Park.

Remington Park’s best 2-year-old race of the season saw a third straight win to kick off the career of Make It Big, who has never raced at Lasix. Kentucky Derby points are awarded to horses only if they have not run on a diuretic in the qualifying races. The other horse to score points on the Springboard was runner-up Osbourne, who got four in the Derby standings. Third and fourth place finishers Concept and Classic Moment, both from coach Steve Asmussen’s barn, faced Lasix on Friday night.

Rick Sacco, race director for Make it Big owner Red Oak Stable in Ocala, Fla., Did not indicate where Make It Big’s first start at age 3 will be in 2022, but the Neolithic’s dark bay colt, from Congrats Ruby on My Mind mare, won his first two races at Gulfstream Park in Hallandale, Florida. The $ 120,000 purchase of the Ocala 2-Year-Old Breeders in Practice Spring Sale quickly won its spot. He took home $ 240,000 from the stock market on Friday and is now undefeated after three attempts with total winnings of $ 303,828.

“Yeah, we’ll appreciate those points from the Kentucky Derby,” Sacco said, “but we’ll have to discuss where we send it next.”

Sarah Shaffer, trainer Saffie Joseph, Jr.’s assistant, was on hand for the win, having met the horse for the first time this week. She is stable at the Fair Grounds in New Orleans.

“He’s got a personality and a half,” she said. “We expected the cold weather to sharpen it here.”

Temperatures were in the high 40s when seven horses escaped the gate for the springboard. Make It Big smelled like oats while warming up. Jockey Jose Ortiz put everything he had to keep the colt in his skin before the race.

“We really wanted to warm it up,” Shaffer said. ” He’s very smart. He knew why he was there. Pretty horse.

Make It Big busted her maiden Oct.9 in Gulfstream, winning by 8-1 / 2 lengths on first demand. He then won the $ 60,000 Ocala Stud Juvenile Sprint Stakes for Florida Breeds at Gulfstream by 2-1 / 4 lengths on October 30th. Both victories were won at seven stages and with jockey Edgard Zayas in the saddle. The Friday night Springboard was his first trip around two laps.

“The horse was two for two with Edgard,” said Ortiz, who shipped from the east coast for the mount. “Unfortunately, Edgard couldn’t get on because he had to have shoulder surgery.”

Ortiz, the country’s No.4 rider with his horses earning over $ 24 million in 2021, wasn’t a bad replacement and he rode Make It Big to perfection. He took the photos of the winner’s circle with the flower garland wrapped around his shoulders from head to toe.

Ortiz let Make It Big settle in fifth in the back stretch, then asked to run to the top of the stretch. At this point the colt was rolling and he engaged Osbourne who took the lead before the peloton left the last corner. Make It Big battled neck and neck with Osbourne throughout the stretch, securing a victory halfway to the finish.

Osbourne is coached by Breeders’ Cup Sprint winner Ron Moquett of Whitmore. Osbourne, a 2 year old gelding son of Tapiture, of Rock Hard Ten Planet Rock mare also did not race on Lasix in three tries. He shattered his first daughter on his last start at Churchill Downs on November 17 at seven stadiums. Julien Leparoux, his regular rider, fought hard from the outside position in the field of seven. He was three steps ahead of third, Concept, winner of the $ 75,000 Kip Deville Stakes on September 26 here.

The order of finish remaining in the springboard was Classic Moment (4th), Rowdy Rascal (5th), Revenir (6th) and Bye Bye Bobby (7th).

Make It Big was sent off at 6-5 as a betting favorite and paid $ 4.60 to win, $ 3.40 to place and $ 2.60 to show. The winner cut in first fractions of: 24.77 for the first quarter mile,: 49.22 for the half mile, 1: 14.94 for the three quarter mile and 1: 27.86 for the seven stages. His winning time in the mile was 1: 41.23 on the fast main surface.

Make It Big is doing their best to put their young dad, Neolithic, on the map. This stallion went to stud in 2018 and Make It Big was foaled in 2019. Neolithic has classic lines, being a son of Harlan’s Holiday, and his stud fees could skyrocket if this horse proves worthy on the trail. of the Kentucky Derby. Neolithic’s stud fee for 2022 is $ 5,000 for a live foal. Harlan’s Holiday has won $ 3.6 million over his running career, including freshman wins in the Florida Derby, Blue Grass Stakes and Donn Handicap.

Make It Big is easily the best Neolithic earner among its offspring.

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