Moro Said Ready
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|Moro Said Ready Captures His Second Stakes Victory of Lone Star Park's Meet with a Win in the $88,612 Texas Thoroughbred Futurity for Colts and Geldings on Sunday
Grand Prairie, Texas (Sunday, July 14, 2019) - Partners Penn Family Racing and Kevin Clifton 's Moro Said Ready emerged victorious in today's $88,612 Texas Thoroughbred Futurity for colts and geldings. Breaking from post 6, he was the first to grab the lead after the gates opened. With Ernesto Valdez-Jiminez in the irons, Moro Said Ready kept that lead, hitting the wire in the five-and-a-half furlong race 1 3/4 lengths in front.
It was the third start and second stakes victory this meet for chestnut colt by Moro Tap. He won the Texas Stallion Stakes here last month, repeating that gate to wire performance again today.
Fractions were :22.84, :46.34 and :59.30, with a final time of 1:06.53. The track was listed fast.
Adding the $53,168 winner's share of the purse to his bankroll, Moro Said Ready brought his young career total to $92,849. Not bad for two stakes victories from three career starts.
Trained by J. R. Caldwell, Moro Said Ready's debut here in May did not look that promising. He was slow out of the gate according to the program comment, improving from seventh to finish in fifth place, beaten by 7 1/4 lengths. Kudos to Caldwell for following that effort up with the two stakes wins.
Those who wagered on the winner were rewarded with $6.20, $3.40 and $2.10. Tale Twister, at odds of 61.5-1, returned a lucrative $36.60 and $9.00 for place. Favored Halfmoon Reef finished third, rewarding show wagers with a payoff of $2.10. Strait n' Silent, The Devil's Daddy, Jazzy G, Moro Appeal and Redbird's Graduate completed the order of finish. Tick Tack Mo was a late scratch.