Saturday’s $500,000Vinery Racing Spiral Stakes (G3) at Turfway Park attracted a full field of 12 runners.
Went the Day Well is among the dozen horses set to decide the 1 1/8-mile prep for the Kentucky Derby (G1). Went the Day Well and his connections—Team Valor and trainer Graham Motion—are hoping to emulate the feat of their stable star Animal Kingdom last year. In Team Valor’s colors, Animal Kingdom captured the Spiral Stakes and went on to Kentucky Derby glory in his next start.
The Spiral Stakes picked up its final contender as horses were entered on Thursday when All Squared Away, trained by Peter Miller, joined the gray.
All Squared Away bounced back from a seventh-place finish in the El Camino Real Derby (G3) to beat older horses in his next start, a 1 1/16-mile starter allowance at Santa Anita. Miller had been considering the Spiral Stakes, and that effort, a previous win over Golden Gate’s all-weather surface, and the tendency of the Spiral Stakes to uncover blossoming stars convinced him to ship the gelding from California to Kentucky.
“He has tactical speed, and we know he likes the synthetics,” said Miller. “It looks like a wide-open race, and we fit by all the sheet numbers. And it has that big purse. But first I wanted to get on him myself to see if he was ready. I galloped him myself yesterday and he was full of energy and strength.”
The field for the Vinery Racing Spiral Stakes in post position order: Russian Greek; Red Jack; Heavy Breathing; Went the Day Well; Holiday Promise; All Squared Away; Ill Conceived; Coach Royal; Tizanexpense; Mr. Prankster; Stealcase; Handsome Mike.
The Vinery Racing Spiral Stakes is the 10th of 12 races on Saturday’s card. First post is 1:10 p.m. Post time for the Spiral Stakes is 5:45 p.m.
Both the Spiral Stakes and the Grade 3 Bourbonette Oaks will be carried live on NBC Sports Network as part of the Road to the Kentucky Derby series.
Went the Day Well/Coglianese photo