Independence Corridor and Jose Ortiz after the Charter colt received the Nashua via 12 1/Four lengths
That used to be teacher Michael Trombetta’s message this morning to his assistant and workout rider, Sarah Shaffer – in addition to space racing fanatics who hope to look unbeaten 3-year-old colt Independence Corridor in motion at Tampa Bay Downs on Feb. eight within the Grade III, $250,000 Sam F. Davis Stakes.
Trombetta used to be in contact with Shaffer by way of radio all the way through the strapping teenager’s 4-furlong exercise this morning, urging her to “take a seat tight” after a 2d 8th of a mile in 11 3/Five seconds. Running in corporate with stablemate Torch of Fact, a 5-year-old gelding, Independence Corridor geared down a notch on Shaffer’s command, then completed in effective type in 49 3/Five seconds prior to galloping out.
Trombetta used to be happy along with his colt’s 2d exercise on the Oldsmar oval since arriving right here following his New 12 months’s Day victory within the Jerome Stakes at Aqueduct.
“That used to be sufficient for nowadays. He simply ran 19 days in the past,” Trombetta mentioned. “It is the place I would like him to be. That is why I do those radio issues with the riders, as a result of if she (Shaffer) had endured like she began off, he’d have labored in 47 and alter, and I do not want that but. He does not want it. So he did simply sufficient, and subsequent week we will ask him for just a little extra.”
Racing insiders were speaking about Independence Corridor since he received the Grade III Nashua Stakes on Nov. Three at Aqueduct via 12 ¼ lengths in an excellent time of one:34.66. Jose Ortiz used to be the jockey.
Independence Corridor is a son of multiple-Grade I winner and scorching younger sire Charter and out of the Cape The town mare Kalahari Cat. He’s owned via Eclipse Thoroughbred Companions, Dual Creeks Racing Stables and Kathleen Verratti and Robert Verratti.
Trombetta mentioned a call has but to be made on Independence Corridor’s subsequent get started, with the Sam F. Davis and the Grade II Risen Celebrity Stakes Introduced via Lamarque Ford-Lincoln on Feb. 15 at Honest Grounds a few of the chances.
“There are a large number of components to weigh,” Trombetta mentioned. “The objective for all folks is to have a horse that is in a position however nonetheless recent sufficient to run neatly when the stakes get upper. If you find yourself working that final race prior to the (Kentucky) Derby and the Derby, they are those it’s a must to display up for.”
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