(Volatile sets track record in Aristides Stakes / Photo Courtesy of Churchill Downs)
From the Churchill Downs Media Team:
Volatile stamped himself as one of America’s top sprinters while clocking six furlongs in 1:07.57 – just two one-hundredths of a second off the 13-year-old track record – with an eight-length demolition job over Honest Mischief in Saturday’s 32nd running of the $100,000 Aristides presented by Woodford Reserve (Listed) at Churchill Downs.
Ridden by Ricardo Santana Jr., Volatile tracked early pacesetter Bobby’s Wicked One from third on the outside in the compact field of six older horses. After a quarter-mile in :21.48, Seven Nation Army grabbed a short-lived lead around the turn while clocking the half-mile in :44.36. Volatile loomed boldly at the top of the stretch and when Santana dropped his hands and slipped the 4-year-old colt some reigns, he took off quickly with an explosive turn of foot and drew off under a hand ride to the wire.
Jockey Ricardo Santana, Jr. — Volatile (1st):
“This horse has incredible talent,” Santana said. “To go that fast as he did today shows he is extremely talented. He did that so easily.”
Trainer Steve Asmussen — Volatile:
“He is a tremendous talent,” Asmussen said. “His family means a lot to me with his second dam Lady Tak, who we trained and won the Test. We’re hoping this horse shows the same kind of affinity toward races like that as she did. It wasn’t a graded stakes but it was still a stakes win.”
Assistant Trainer Whit Beckman — Honest Mischief (2nd):
“We just got beat today. (Honest Mischief) ran a really good race but I don’t think anyone was beating the winner.”