Fitness Instructor Michael Maker has a history of turning mid- to pricey declaring acquisitions into graded stakes winners and Last Judgment is simply the most recent to sign up with that roll of success stories. The 5-year-old gelding by Congrats, declared for $62,500 last October at Belmont Park, signed up a wire-to-wire success in Saturday’s Grade 3 Opposition Stakes at Tampa Bay Downs, the very first of 4 graded stakes at the Oldsmar, Fla., track culminating with the Grade 2 Tampa Bay Derby.

Ridden by Daniel Centeno, Last Judgment was never ever headed, setting portions of:23.29,:47.41, 1:11.37 and 1:35.62 en path to a last clocking of 1:41.98 for 1 1/16 miles on a fast lane.

Last Judgment paid $4.80 as the 7-5 co-favorite in the field of 5 older runners. Modernist completed second, with the other 7-5 co-favorite, War Stopper, 3rd. He was followed throughout the surface by Letmeno and Jungle Fighter.

” It appeared like he must be forwardly positioned which’s how the race was run,” stated Maker. “He appeared to be well within himself the entire method. He entered into a great rhythm and kept it going. We attempted to chase after Knicks Enter the Pegasus. I’ll attempt to identify him more properly the remainder of the year.”

Last Judgment won among 3 starts because Maker haltered him for Michael Dubb, Steve Hornstock, Bethlehem Stables and Nice Guys Stables however was coming off a 12 3/4- length drubbing at the hands of Knicks Go as a 41-1 outsider in the Pegasus. He raced 2nd behind the frontrunning winner that day prior to tiring in the stretch.

” Mike’s guidelines were to take the lead and he broke actually sharp and made a simple lead all the method to the wire,” stated Centeno. “( Letmeno) got a little near to me past the half-mile pole, however my horse got the bit once again and I understood I had a lot of horse left. It appears like he can run all the time. It’s great when you get a lead like that and the horse is taking pleasure in being out there all by himself.”


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