Breeze Easy's Imprimis put in big strides in the closing stages of Saturday's G2 Shakertown Stakes at Keeneland, running down the 8-5 favorite Bound For Nowhere to win by a neck. Off at 5-2 but stumbling badly at the start, the 5-year-old son of Broken Vow recovered to complete 5 1/2 furlongs on the firm turf in 1:02.33. Imprimis was ridden by Paco Lopez for trainer Joe Orseno.
Angaston nosed out Chaos Theory for third, and Will Call checked in fifth.
“I know he has the tactical speed to be closer, but (jockey) Paco (Lopez) did the right thing,” said Orseno. “When he was just sitting still, that's all he can do, and just hope he can fire from there. I saw him getting into him going to the half-mile pole, and he looked like he wanted to run. I thought for sure we took the worst of it and we had too much to do. Paco rode a great race after he overcame the stumble.
“(The horse) didn't grab himself and he looks fine so far. (Going to Royal Ascot to run in the King's Stand [G1] June 18) is the plan, a very exciting plan, and I don't think it's ambitious either. The horse has done everything we've asked him to do.”
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