Dennis Albaugh's Albaugh Family Stable and trainer Dale Romans swept Ellis Park's pair of 2-year-old maiden races Friday, with Not This Time romping by 10 lengths in the mile fourth race and Reedini prevailing by 3 1/4 lengths in the 6 1/2-furlong seventh.
“Wow! Wow! Wow!,” jockey Robby Albarado said as he was lead into the winner's circle aboard Not This Time.
Not This Time, in his second career start after breaking slowly and finishing fifth in a tough Churchill Downs' maiden race won by eventual Saratoga stakes-winner Bitumen, powered to a 10-length victory over Society Beau, covering the mile in 1:35.99 with a final eighth-mile in 11.82 seconds, even with Albarado gearing down. He paid $3 as the 1-2 favorite.
“That's impressive,” Albarado said. “What I felt was extreme talent there. What a nice horse! I rode him first time and he did everything possible wrong he could do. Today he broke, put himself in the race. I wasn't planning going to the front, but man, a nice horse. Take nothing from the rest of them. But I could have squeezed him and sprinted home faster than he did. Some kind of feeling.”
Continued Albarado, rider of Horses of the Year Curlin and Mineshaft: “I've been on just a few of those. Just a few.”
“He's the real deal,” Romans said from Saratoga, as he prepared to fly to Chicago for Saturday's big race card. “I told Robby the first time he rode him that he might be as good a horse as he's ever ridden. Of course, he didn't break that day. This is a serious, serious racehorse.”
Romans said they were looking for a mile race to use as a steppingstone to Churchill Downs' $150,000, Grade III Iroquois Stakes at 1 1/16 miles on Sept. 17, a race whose winner gets their entry fees paid and a travel stipend to the $2 million Breeders' Cup Juvenile at Santa Anita.
“That was pretty spectacular, but I expected a big effort,” Romans said. “I knew that he was special. It's nice for him to go on and back up what he was showing in training.”
Not This Time is a son of Giant's Causeway, who also the sire of Albaugh and Romans' Toyota Blue Grass winner Brody's Cause. His dam, Miss Macy Sue, was a top sprinter who also has produced Breeders' Cup Dirt Mile winner Liam's Map and the stakes-winning Taylor S. Romans said he believes the source of the name is Albaugh's chagrin over selling $1.35 million-earner Liam's Map as a yearling for $800,000 at Keeneland's 2012 September sale.
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