Notes & Quotes From the Better Talk Now Stakes: Front Run the Fed

(Front Run the Fed captures the Better Talk Now Stakes at Saratoga / Chelsea Durand Photo & Courtesy of NYRA)

From the NYRA Media Team:

Front Run the Fed handled the step up in class and the stretch out in distance coming from off the pace to win his stakes debut in the sixth running of the $100,000 Better Talk Now over the inner turf at Saratoga Race Course on Sunday.

Klaravich Stable’s Front Run the Fed broke from the rail and was last of six into the first turn. Jockey Jose Lezcano angled his horse to the outside as three-time stakes winner Bulletin led through an opening quarter-mile of 23.74 seconds with the half in 46.94 seconds over the firm turf.

Jockey Jose Lezcano — Front Run the Fed (1st):

“He broke and I wanted to be a little more close, but the other horse took my spot leaving the first turn, so I had to go to Plan B and let him sit and come with a run,” Lezcano said. “He went on and did everything [I asked]. I didn’t have to hit him or anything. He galloped out of the quarter-pole to the wire.”

Chad Brown — Front Run the Fed:

“He’s a real afternoon horse. He’s an average training horse in the mornings, but when he’s tacked up in the afternoons, he’s all business,” Brown said. “He had a bit of an eventful trip early. He was pinched back on the first turn and was further back than I would have liked. Jose had to go to Plan B and showed good judgment letting the horse settle down first. He composed himself and decided to make one run with him and it paid off. Jose really used judgment and deserves a lot of credit.”

Front Run the Fed posted his third straight win, making his stakes debut off of a 13 1/4-length allowance win over the turf at Belmont Park in May. He broke his maiden at fourth asking over the inner dirt track at Aqueduct on April 14.

Brown mentioned the Grade 2, $400,000 Hill Prince on October 5 at Belmont Park as a possible next outing for Front Run the Fed.

“The Hill Prince makes sense, but I’m not sure if I’m ready to commit him to running a mile and an eighth yet,” Brown said.

The horse broke well today,” Gaffalione said. “I had the horse inside, Dunph, going to the lead and then (Gun It) showed a little bit of speed. When I saw they were intent on going I just tried to get him back and got him to relax. He came back to me nicely and settled well down the backside. Got a little keen going into the far turn and wanted to move a little early. But I didn’t want to take too much away from him so I tried to sit as long as I could. He was waiting on horses down the lane but I kept him at task and there was plenty of horse there.”

“Mark (Casse, the trainer) and his team have done a great job,” Gaffalione said. “They’ve had a ton of confidence in this horse the whole way. It’s just an honor to be able to ride the horse. He’s just so professional, trains great and he’s a pleasure to be around.”

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