The Critical Way with Paco Lopez on horseback wins the Get Serious Stakes at Monmouth Park.
Coach Jose Delgado was so impressed with what he saw of his fast-paced The Critical Way turf sprinter on Saturday at Monmouth Park in Oceanport, NJ that he immediately started plotting a schedule that would bring the 7-year-old gelding at the Breeders’ Cup Turf Sprint on November 6.
It’s not just that The Critical Way won the $ 75,000 Get Serious Stakes with ease, pulling away for a three-length victory. This is how he won the feature film on grass.
Known for his blazing early-in-game speed, The Critical Way sat on the flanks of an even faster French reef, scoring an opening quarterback in a dazzling time of: 20.11 and a half in: 43 , 34. Jockey Paco Lopez eased The Critical Way around French Reef entering the final corner and Tizway’s son took off, showing off a finishing kick that can sometimes escape him when he’s up front.
The final time for all five stages on a turf classified as “firm” was: 55.19.
“We still think this horse is ahead from the start because he has a lot of speed,” said Delgado, who leads the Monmouth Park coaches standings with 11 wins. “But Paco Lopez told me he was very comfortable getting out of the rhythm. It’s a new dimension for him. We still think it’s one way and it’s go, go, go. Now we have seen that he can sit behind the speed and make a move and he can win that way. I like this.
“We saw that he could sit comfortably. It gives us a lot of options. He’s very consistent. He gives you everything he has. We’re going to see some serious stuff for him now. Maybe we’ll try something in Saratoga, then a race or two in Parx and then if all goes well we’ll try to take him to the Breeders’ Cup. This is the plan. It is hope.
Lopez said The Critical Way “didn’t break like it usually does.”
“Usually he’s right out the door and in the lead,” Lopez said. “I think he got a little scared and jumped behind (French Reef). I know this horse from having seen it in Florida. He is a very fast horse. So I was behind that one but he was very comfortable, which surprised me because it’s something new for him.
“I arrived thinking I would take the lead, but I had to follow plan B. But the horse made it easy for me with his comfort. He was near. It’s not like he’s far away. So when I asked him, he just took off.
After being caught on the wire in their last Turf Sprint Stakes start at Pimlico on the Preakness Stakes map, The Critical Way notched their fourth win in stakes and eighth overall win in 25 career starts for Monster Racing Stables . He paid $ 3.80 to win.
French Reef held second place, 1¼ lengths ahead of Francatelli.
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