OUTDORE MAKES WARD 3-FOR-3 IN BAL A BALI JUVENILE TURF SPRINT
FRANKLIN, Ky. (Saturday, Sept. 12, 2020) — Not only did trainer Wesley Ward continue his domination of the $500,000 Bal a Bali Juvenile Turf Sprint Saturday, he saddled the exacta finish, Outadore and Fauci.
Ward won the first two editions of the 6 ½-furlong race, beating males with fillies, Moonlight Romance in 2018 and Cambria last year. With Kentucky Downs now offering a sprint stake for juvenile fillies, Ward turned to his colts and they delivered for him. Breeze Easy’s Outadore stayed perfect in his second career start with a 1¾ lengths victory under Irad Ortiz, Jr. in 1:17.31. Fauci and jockey Tyler Gaffalione were 3 ¼ lengths ahead of the third-place horse, Cowan.
Ward, well-known for his success with 2-year-olds, answered a question about being unbeaten in the race with a question – “Isn’t that what you’re supposed to do?” – and punctuated it with a laugh.
Starting from the outside posts in the field of 10 running over the course rated as “soft,” Outadore (9) and Fauci (10) stalked from a few lengths back of the early pace set by County Final of :21.79 and :46.51. Outadore made his move first with a five-wide surge through the turn and took over the lead near the eighth pole. Fauci followed Outadore’s rally on the outside, but could not catch his stablemate.
Outadore, the 9-5 favorite, paid $5.60 to win. The first-place money pushed his career earnings to $334,100.
“He’s a nice horse, really nice horse,” said jockey Irad Ortiz Jr. “He broke good over there. He probably needed that first race when he won. He was ready today. He knew what he was doing. He broke and pulled me right there. He relaxed so nice, when I asked he just went ahead. It felt like he had a little more in the tank today.”