(Following Sea / Photo Courtesy of NYRA)
From the NYRA Media Team:
Spendthrift Farm’s Following Sea, piloted by Joel Rosario, captured Saturday’s Grade 2, $250,000 Vosburgh going six-furlongs on the dirt at Belmont Park, earning a “Win and You’re In” berth to the Grade 1, $2 million Breeders’ Cup Sprint on November 6 at Del Mar.
Trained by Hall of Famer Todd Pletcher, Following Sea wired the four-horse field for a comprehensive 4 ¾ length victory. After a third place finish in the Grade 1 H. Allen Jerkens Memorial on August 28 at Saratoga Race Course to well-regarded Jackie’s Warrior and Life is Good, Following Sea returned to Big Sandy, where he is now 2-for-2 over the dirt course – adding to an impressive allowance win over older company in June.
Todd Pletcher — Following Sea (1st):
Pletcher said he instructed Rosario to make a judgment call on tactics following the break.
“We just wanted to take advantage of the outside post and see how everything unfolded,” Pletcher said. “He broke great, put himself right on the front and it seemed like he was in hand throughout. He looked like he kicked on pretty well and Joel wrapped up on him pretty late.”
Pletcher, while still undecided, said he is looking towards the Breeders’ Cup Sprint as a next start.
“We’ll play it by ear and see. I’ll talk to the guys at Spendthrift and we’ll come up with a plan. It’s got to be in play,” Pletcher said.
Kelly Breen — Firenze Fire (2nd):
Kelly Breen, trainer of Firenze Fire, said he still plans on sending his horse to Del Mar for the Breeders’ Cup Sprint.
“It’s going to be a hot pace. Whether it’s Jackie’s Warrior or this horse [Following Sea], no one is going to have an easy lead in a slow pace. It’s going to be a heated event,” Breen said.
Joel Rosario — Following Sea (1st):
Rosario said he felt confident aboard Following Sea throughout.
“I just helped him out of there,” Rosario said. “It looked like he broke really well and he put himself on the lead. I thought he liked that and he ran a big race.”