C T R Stables LLC. and Steven Keh's Fight On, a 10-1 outsider, lived up to his name with a hard fought victory by a nose over fellow longshot Casino Star in Sunday's $150,000 Fifth Season Stakes at Oaklawn Park. He completed the 1 1/16-mile race in 1:44 3/5 over a good track.
“I called Doug (O'Neill) before the race and he said to just get him out of the gate good and into a good spot,” winning jockey Tyler Baze said. “He said when you think you should go, it's probably time, so go. He told me the horse would fight all the way to the wire and he did. He showed his guts today.”
“Oh, man, what a ride,” trainer Doug O'Neill said by phone from his California base. “I had talked to Tyler Baze earlier today and just reminded him of how I think he fits that horse so well because that horse, wherever you think you need to move, you've got to move a little bit sooner because he's kind of a grinder. He doesn't have that big stretch run. When he called on him early, it was just perfect. Got him going. To win that photo, that's incredible.”
Fight On improved his record to 4-3-2 from 17 starts and has now earned $310,411. The 3-year-old Into Mischief colt returned $22.00, $11.60 and $9.00.
O'Neill said Fight On will be considered for the $250,000 Oaklawn Mile May 3.
Live racing resumes at Oaklawn Thursday, April 18. The 2019 season continues to Saturday, May 4.
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