When the gates sprang open for Saturday night's $960,000 Ed Burke the first few strides of the race looked more like futulity than futurity. Horses were bouncing off of each other and jockeys were grabbing their steering wheels. But 350 yards and 17.34 seconds later history was made again at Los Alamitos Race Course as heavy favorite LD Fire hit the wire in a dead heat with Streakin Laquinta. It was the first dead heat for win in the west coast classic that dates back to 1951 and the first Ed Burke Futurity win for Los Alamitos all-time leading jockey Eddie Garcia, who rode Streakin Laquinta. Alejandro Luna rode LD Fire
A Brock Talk salute to jockey Eddie Razo Jr. on winning three races Saturday at Arlington Park near Chicago. Included in his big day was a stakes double with victories in the $88,000 Purple Violet Stakes with Bow Tie Pasta and the $89,000 Lincoln Heritage Stakes with Apple Martini. Razo is married to Doreen Razo who provides the Brock Talk with our Rene Douglas updates through Facebook.
Another exciting finish today happened in the grade 2 Colonial Turf Cup at Colonial Downs in Virginia with jockey Tyler Baze taking the inside track abaoard Battle of Hastings to take the $500,000 stake for 3-year-olds. Runner-up Straight Story made a valiant run after being carrried five-wide on the final turn and is a horse to watch. As if being a New York-bred by Giant's Causeway enough to caputure attention.
Straight Story was purchased for $400,000 at the 2007 Keeneland September Yearling Sale by trainer Alan Goldberg for owner Richard Santulli.
A crowd of 28,011 was on hand Friday to witness the first night racing in the storied history of Churchill Downs. And just as similar Friday night debuts at tracks in recent decades, the crowds are reported to be younger and the atmosphere more electric. Congratulations to the Churchill Downs team including the horsemen and jockeys.