Concert Tour’s first start off at 4 resembled his past start at 3 – popular early and leg weary late.
Producing his very first begin due to the fact the Preakness last May perhaps, Live performance Tour concluded final of 9 in Saturday’s $150,000 Fifth Time Stakes at Oaklawn Park for more mature horses at just one mile. The 3-2 most loved stalked the early tempo right before staying beaten 15 lengths in his initial start for trainer Brad Cox and very first devoid of blinkers.
“He’s high-quality,” Cox said Sunday afternoon. “He bounced out of it. Of course, you will find some frustration, but that’s element of it.”
Two of Concert Tour’s three victories for Corridor of Fame coach Bob Baffert arrived when major at every single level of get in touch with, such as his job debut past January at Santa Anita and the $1 million Rebel Stakes (G2) for 3-12 months-olds final March at Oaklawn. The 1 1/16-mile Rebel was Concert Tour’s 1st race about two turns.
Live performance Tour didn’t make the early guide in his following commence, the $1 million Arkansas Derby (G1) past April at Oaklawn, and finished 3rd and faded to ninth in the Preakness, overwhelmed 34 ¼ lengths, just after racing just off the early pace.
“I believe he’s 1 of people horses, California, he broke, he is on the guide and he gained,” Cox claimed. “He arrived right here, he broke excellent, he is on the direct and he won. I imagine he’s most likely a want-the-guide horse. He probably could not have received the lead yesterday, I really don’t really feel, with that Mucho in the race. But at the 3-eighths pole, he was type of packing it in.”
While Cox will regroup with Concert Tour, the trainer even now has a deep roster of older two-switch more mature stakes types, such as Oaklawn-based mostly Plainsman and Caddo River for John Ed Anthony of Sizzling Springs.
Caddo River, who finished next in the Arkansas Derby right after beating Live performance Tour to the guide, is entered in Saturday’s seventh race, a 1 1/16-mile allowance. Caddo River crossed the finish line to start with in his comeback race, a Dec. 19 allowance at 1 mile, but was disqualified and put second for interference close to the wire.
Plainsman, a various Grade 3 winner, is scheduled to make his 2022 debut in the $600,000 Razorback Handicap (G3) at 1 1/16 miles Feb. 12. Plainsman finished a troubled 3rd in his very last start out, the $750,000 Cigar Mile Handicap (G1) Dec. 4 at Aqueduct.
The Fifth Season was Oaklawn’s 1st significant 2022 prep for the $1 million Oaklawn Handicap (G2) for older horses April 23.
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