Life Is Good attracts off to win the John A. Nerud


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Elmont, N.Y.

Coach Todd Pletcher was each bit as happy about the best way Life Is Good galloped out as he was with the colt’s commanding five-length victory towards Speaker’s Nook within the Grade 2, $250,000 John A. Nerud Stakeson Saturday at Belmont Park.

Pletcher famous that it took three furlongs earlier than jockey Flavien Prat was capable of persuade Life Is Good to name it a day. That spirited effort after the wire spoke nicely about how nicely the 4-year-old recovered from his disappointing fourth-place end within the March 26 Dubai World Cup and the way formidable he ought to be the remainder of this season.  

“There was just one final result that was okay, and that was for him to win,” Pletcher stated of the seven-furlong occasion. “He ran towards a Grade 1 winner and he drew the rail, so you are concerned about all these issues. However he broke sharp, excessive cruising velocity, and I really like the best way he galloped out.”

Elliott Walden, president of co-owner WinStar Farm, additionally scrutinized how powerfully Life Is Good galloped out after taking management in the beginning and carving out a gap quarter of a mile in 22.19 seconds and a gap half in a stiff 44.70 seconds.

“I don’t know for those who noticed, however he couldn’t pull him up,” Walden stated. “I don’t see that he has any limitations. I’m trying ahead to getting him again round two turns.”

Questions arose about Life Is Good’s capability to deal with traditional distance when he weakened moderately dramatically within the 10-furlong World Cup. As spectacular because the bay son of Into Mischief was in cruising to a 5 3/4-length rating within the Breeders’ Cup Grime Mile final November, he was not the identical horse in Dubai.

After the World Cup, Pletcher recommended that the monitor was to not his horse’s liking. Others questioned if the speeder’s solely off-the-board end was a matter of an excessive amount of floor towards world-class worldwide competitors.

The Nerud, which Life Is Good accomplished in 1:21 3/5, won’t resolve that subject. However his seventh victory in 9 profession begins hinted at good days to return at longer distances with the best way he shook off stress from Grade 1 winner Speaker’s Nook by way of that demanding opening half.

To place the result into perspective, you will need to perceive simply how good Speaker’s Nook is. The 4-year-old son of Road Sense, winner of 6 of 11 lifetime begins, rolled within the Carter Handicap (G1) at Aqueduct by registering a 114 Beyer Velocity Determine, highest for any horse this season.

“He clearly needed to attempt to take it to him early, however this horse’s weapon is his velocity. So you might be damned for those who do, damned for those who don’t,” Walden stated. “He’s simply an unimaginable horse. We’re excited to see what’s going to occur the remainder of the yr.”

Pletcher used the Nerud as a steppingstone to the celebrated 1 1/8-mile Whitney Handicap on Aug. 6 at Saratoga Race Course, a contest that can certainly provide a stronger take a look at than the five-horse Nerud.

Nonetheless, Pletcher was gratified by the Nerud final result.

“You don’t take something as a right. He made the lengthy journey to Dubai and again. It was his first begin off a layoff after doing that, so I’m joyful he confirmed up and ran the best way he’s able to,” the coach stated. “I felt like he was all the time comfy although they had been going fairly quick. For those who’re Speaker’s Nook, you possibly can’t let him get away the entire approach. We anticipated he would attempt to put some stress on us and it was official stress, 44 and alter for the half.”

Pletcher acknowledged feeling a specific amount of stress related to Life Is Good’s return.

“These sorts of races are senses of reduction after they’re completed, not ones that you just’re leaping up and down and hollering and screaming and throwing your packages within the air,” he stated. “I used to be joyful to get it completed.”

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