Under jockey Joel Rosario for the first time the bay colt rallied from dead last early, weaved his way through tiring rivals on the far turn, successfully navigated a sharp left-turn in mid-stretch and easily drew away to victory by 1 1/4 lengths over a field of 11 other sophomore rivals. The colt, who earned his first career stakes victory in the Woody Stephens, stopped the clock in 1:21.38 for the seven-furlong distance.
“I could see they were drifting out, so I kind of took a position to get inside, because at that time I didn’t want to stop the momentum,” Rosario said. “He was coming and running really hard at the end. I just didn’t want to stop him.”
At odds of more than 7-1, Tom’s Ready paid $17.20, $9.20 and $6.30. Runner-up Fish Trappe Road capped off the $421 exacta and was good for $20.60 and $11.80 at odds of 25-1, while fellow longshot Star Hill paid $7.40 when he crossed the finish line another half-length back at odds of 15-1. The trifecta paid $3,350.
Favored Sharp Azteca, Dig Deep, Tale of S’avall, Seymourdini, Counterforce, Awesome Gent, Mrazek, Justin Squared and Imperial Hint completed the order of finish after I Will Score was Scratched.
“I thought he’d be laying fourth or fifth and make that punch, but obviously he likes this one-turn stuff, laying back and moving strong like this,” Stewart said. “I think we’ll keep him at one turn. He won’t run a lot more. He’s run hard all year. I’m going to freshen him up and point him to maybe the King’s Bishop at Saratoga and then the Breeders’ Cup (Sprint).”
Pennsylvania-bred Tom’s Ready was purchased by his current owner for $145,000 as a Fasig-Tipton select yearling in 2014.