Staff reports

In our Big Move of the Week, we feature one horse each week who impressed and might warrant a spot on your watch list.  For the week through March 15, that horse is Easy River

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  • Last race: Sent off as the 7-2 second choice in a field of eight at Laurel Park on March 13, Easy River made a bold four wide move on the turn to propel himself to a 1 3/4 length victory in a first-level allowance race for three-year-olds.  Running time for the six furlongs was 1:11.84.  Under Jevian Toledo, Easy River was more than eighth lengths behind and in fourth after the leaders zipped the opening quarter mile in 22.79 seconds.  But he made up 6 1/2 lengths during the second quarter and swept by the field to open up a three-length lead leaving the furlong grounds.
  • How fast?: The 1:11.84 running time seems like a solid effort.  Older $11,000 claimers navigated the same distance in almost exactly the same time — 1:11.78 — one race prior, when Risky Guy ran down Manando late.
  • Breeding and auction history: Maryland-bred Easy River is a colt by Not for Love out of Potomac Bend, a graded stakes winning mare by Polish Numbers.  Easy River was bred Dr. & Mrs. Thomas Bowman, Dutrow Thoroughbred Ent, Inc. & Rebecca Davis.  Kathleen Willier purchased Easy River at the Fasig-Tipton 2014 Midlantic Fall Yearlings Sale for $60,000.
  • Connections: Easy River is trained by Hamilton Smith for Kathleen Willier.  He was ridden to victory last out by Jevian Toledo.
  • Video: When the video below begins, Easy River is in fourth and about to make a big four-wide move.
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(Music used in this video: First Call, by Kevin MacLeod (, Licensed under Creative Commons: By Attribution 3.0