Willis Horton's homebred Long Range Toddy was trapped behind horses at the head of the lane during Sunday's running of the $400,000 Springboard Mile, but was able to find clear room at the eighth pole and jump up to win by a head at odds of 18-1. The 2-year-old son of Take Charge Indy has now won three consecutive starts at Remington Park, including the Clever Trevor Stakes last out. Long Range Toddy, ridden by Richard Eramia, gave trainer Steve Asmussen his fifth career victory in the Springboard when completing a mile over the fast dirt in 1:39.75.
The victory also earned Long Range Toddy 10 points on the Road to the Kentucky Derby.
Very quick out of the starting gate, Long Range Toddy made his way over to the rail after Epic Dreamer and Marquee Prince moved up toward the lead in the clubhouse turn. Marquee Prince shot out to a one-length advantage through a first quarter in :24.13, then Dobbins G took over to mark the half-mile in :48.76.
Rounding the far turn, Dobbins G was joined by Marquee Prince, Dunph and Six Shooter four across the track. Both the favored Epic Dreamer and Long Range Toddy were trapped behind that wall of horses, with the latter against the inside.
No spaces opened up inside, so Eramia was forced to swing Long Range Toddy out to make his bid for the wire. The colt responded with a quick turn of foot to take the lead by about two lengths, and had enough left late to hold off the late run of Bankit for the win. Dunph continued running on to finish third.
Bred in Kentucky by his owner, Long Range Toddy is out of the winning Unbridled's Song mare Pleasant Song. Fourth on debut at Remington Park, Long Range Toddy broke his maiden in late September, then followed that up with a win in the Clever Trevor. Overall, Long Range Toddy's career earnings stand just shy of $350,000 with three wins in four starts.
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