Toby's Corner Takes Muddy Whirlaway

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By Dick Downey
The Downey Profile

On a muddy/sealed track at Aqueduct, Toby's Corner, second-longest odds in the field at 9-2, overtook the pacesetting favorite J J's Lucky Train to win the Whirlaway Stakes by two lengths. The winner hit the wire in 1:45.66.

Preachintothedevil (7-2) came again to get third, beaten 5 3/4 lengths. Favored Rescind the Trade (9-5) loomed, contended and faltered to finish fifth and last, beaten 10 3/4 lengths.  J J's Lucky Train set fractions of :23.53, :48.80 and 1:14.03 before he was overtaken by Toby's Corner.

Toby's Corner raced for the fourth time in the $100,000 Whirlayay, notching his third win. In his debut last Fall, he finished third on a sloppy track after prompting the pace at Delaware Park. After winning his second start for fun,  a one-mile Laurel maiden special weight on Nov. 25, Toby's Dream came back on Jan. 12 at the same track to take a one-mile allowance.

Toby's Corner is a son of Bellamy Road bred and owned by Diane D. Cotter. The Florida-bred is out of the Mr. Frisky mare Brandon's Ride. He's a May 4 foal.

Adrian Rolls, assistant to winning trainer H. Graham Motion: “It was a closely matched group of horses. I was a little concerned about how he would handle the sloppy track, but he did well. The only instructions I gave the jockey were to let the horse relax, and put him where he was comfortable, which is what happened. I thought he made a pretty good move around the bend, and thought he would get there. He was looking around a little bit--he did that his last race, too--but he straightened right out. It was a good effort. We’ll see how he comes out of this before looking ahead to his next race.”

Eddie Castro, winning jockey: “I tried to relax the horse first thing, and he had a nice kick. I think he’s a nice horse, and I think he’ll go the distance, too.”

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