Ascend ($57) springs upset in Woodford Reserve Manhattan
“On the first turn, I tried to go in between horses to save ground, but I couldn’t do it because they were going so slow,” said Ortiz. “I stayed behind horses for as long as I could and when they passed the five-eighths pole, I put my horse in the clear. On the second turn, I went out because I knew they were going too slow; he was trying to go.
“By the three-eighths pole, I knew that Applicator was going to pick [the fractions] up, so I wanted to be close to him,” he continued. “When I was ready to move, I did, and he responded very well. When the horse switched leads, I touched him on the back with my whip and he took off. He was very comfortable for the last eighth of a mile.”