Son of Midshipman 'Reserves' Spot in Sprint Starting Gate

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Special Reserve | Coady Photo

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Reformed claimer Special Reserve pressed, pounced and held on late to earn a guaranteed spot in the starting gate for the GI Breeders' Cup Sprint Friday.

Scooped up for $40,000 from Randy Morse and Doyle Williams out of an upset optional claiming tally at Oaklawn in February–good for what at the time was by far his best career Beyer Speed Figure of 92–the late-blooming 5-year-old won right back at that level (not in for the tag) in March before finishing second in the GIII Commonwealth S. over an additional furlong here Apr. 3. He made the grade in Pimlico's GIII Maryland Sprint Match Series S. May 15, bested Quick Tempo (Tapizar) and a next-out stakes winner in the Iowa Sprint at Prairie Meadows July 3 and had been off since finishing a close second in Saratoga's GI Alfred H. Vanderbilt H. four weeks after that.

Away on top, Special Reserve conceded the lead down the backside to freewheeling Quick Tempo through an opening quarter of :21.90. He took back over into a :44.69 half, opened up and then found the line just in time to hold off lightly raced Aloha West in the final strides.

“He broke really well, and it looked like [Sophie Doyle on Quick Tempo] came up right away, and he was fine with that,” said red-hot rider Joel Rosario. “He kind of settled a little bit there, nice and quiet, and then in the turn when the horse was backing up a little bit, he was just ready to go.”

When asked if he thought his charge could contend with Breeders' Cup-caliber sprinters, trainer Maker said, “I do believe that. I have a lot of faith in the horse. Joel did a fabulous job today I wasn't expecting to be on the lead today [out of the gate], but the horse was so quick.”

Saturday, Keeneland
STOLL KEENON OGDEN PHOENIX S.-GII, $250,000, Keeneland, 10-8, 3yo/up, 6f, 1:08.54, ft.
1–SPECIAL RESERVE, 120, g, 5, by Midshipman
                1st Dam: Love Spun, by Hard Spun
                2nd Dam: We Love Granny, by Home At Last
                3rd Dam: Granny Calling, by Blade
($60,000 Ylg '17 FTKJUL; $140,000 2yo '18 OBSMAR).
O-Paradise Farms Corp. and Staudacher, David; B-Russell L.
Reineman Stables Inc. (KY); T-Michael J. Maker; J-Joel Rosario.
$150,000. Lifetime Record: GISP, 22-8-2-7, $638,647. Werk Nick
Rating: C. Click for the eNicks report & 5-cross pedigree.
2–Aloha West, 120, c, 4, Hard Spun–Island Bound, by
Speightstown. ($160,000 Ylg '18 KEESEP). O-Eclipse
Thoroughbred Partners; B-Robert Manfuso & Katharine Voss
(MD); T-Wayne M. Catalano. $50,000.
3–Mucho, 120, h, 5, Blame–Extent, by Pulpit. O-WSS Racing,
LLC and 4 G Racing, LLC; B-Claiborne Farm & Adele B.
Dilschneider (KY); T-John Alexander Ortiz. $25,000.
'TDN Rising Star'
Margins: NK, 2, 3. Odds: 1.20, 1.70, 13.40.
Also Ran: Endorsed, Sir Alfred James, Just Might, Quick Tempo. Click for the Equibase.com chart, the TJCIS.com PPs or the free Equineline.com catalogue-style pedigree. VIDEO, sponsored by TVG.

Pedigree Notes:
A green :21 2/5 breezer at the 2018 OBS March sale, Special Reserve is one of 22 graded/group winners for his sire–seven of which have earned that achievement in the Northern Hemisphere. He is one of 13 graded/group winners out of mares by Hard Spun.

The winner's dam was well beaten in four career starts. She is a half to GSW/MGISP Original Spin (Distorted Humor) and MSW/GSP Humor at Last (Distorted Humor). Love Spun sold to Mapleton Thoroughbred Farm for $6,500 carrying a full brother to Special Reserve. She produced a Cowtown Cat colt Mar. 28 before being bred back to that Ohio-based stallion for 2022.

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