YES THIS TIME SCORES IN G3 KENT
Edge Racing’s Yes This Time notched his first career graded stakes and his fifth straight victory in the $150,125 Grade III Kent Stakes at Delaware Park today.
With Joe Bravo astride, the 3-year-old son of Not This Time returned $4.20 as the favorite in the field of six. The exacta, with second choice Like the King in second, returned $6.70 for one dollar.
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The Kentucky-bred trained by Kelly Breen won by a length and covered the mile-and-an-eighth in 1:52.39 over a soft turf course. Like the King set early fractions of :25.63 for the quarter-mile, 51.21 for the half-mile and 1:16.32 for the three-quarters-mile before finishing second. It was another length farther back to Wootton Asset, with Victor Carrasco, in third.
Previously, Yes This Time had won four straight at Gulfstream Park including a ¾-length score in the $75,000 English Channel Stakes in his latest.
Trainer Kelly Breen was a little concerned with the early pace especially since in the previous turf stake, the Christiana for sophomore fillies, the fractions were markedly faster.
“I was concerned about the pace,” said Breen. “Honestly, the leader (Like the King) got out there and went a half in :51 and three-quarters in 1:16 and two races before, they did not go that slow. I was concerned about being towards the back early, but the rail opened up and he came running. We are schooling him for the Kentucky Downs race (Dueling Grounds Derby – Sept 5) by getting him used to going up and down the hills and being able to rate. He is a pretty neat horse with a lot of guts. He is a nice horse to train and he is pretty cool. Other than his first race, everything has been basically win pictures. He is a pretty nice horse.”