Stakes company likely next for Post Time

Hillwood Stable’s 2-year-old Frosted colt Post Time, undefeated through his first two starts, may be headed for stakes company when he makes his return to the races.

Bred in Maryland by Dr. and Mrs. Thomas Bowman, Dr. Brooke Bowman and Milton Higgins III, Post Time rolled to a 6 ¾-length optional claiming allowance victory Oct. 27 at Laurel Park despite breaking inwardly, bumping early and racing greenly through the stretch completing seven furlongs in 1:25.30.

The command performance came 20 days after Post Time captured his unveiling – a 5 ½-furlong maiden special weight sprint originally carded for the grass – by two lengths after showing some nervous energy when he reared up on his hind legs upon emerging from being saddled in the paddock.

Both races have come under Eric Camacho, who won 785 races as a jockey between 2004 and 2016 and now works as an exercise rider for trainer Brittany Russell. Post Time’s debut win was just Camacho’s third mount in six years and first win since 2016.

“We’ve always known this horse has oodles of ability. He’s always trained like he wants to be a good horse,” Russell said. “He’s just always been a little bit tricky mentally, hence the reason that Eric was the one that said, ‘I’d love to give this horse a swing.’

“We knew that he had ability, but it was a matter of him being able to put everything together in the afternoon,” she added. “He played up a bit the first time, but he ran big. Now the second time, he actually did everything really well. He did everything professionally and then he ran big again. It was really nice to see him follow that effort up.”

The next stakes race for 2-year-olds in Maryland comes Saturday, Nov. 12 in the open $100,000 James F. Lewis III sprinting six furlongs, which comes just 16 days following his most recent win.

“Based off of what he showed us the other day, I’d love to give him a little bit more time in between,” Russell said. “I ran him back so quick, in three weeks. He was just begging to do something in the morning. I had to run him or he was going to bust the walls down. I would like to give him a little bit more time this go-around.”

Also on Maryland’s remaining stakes calendar for 2-year-olds are the $100,000 Maryland Juvenile for Maryland-bred/sired horses Saturday, Dec. 3 and open $100,000 Heft Monday, Dec. 26. Both races are contested at seven furlongs.

“I think we have a few options with him,” Russell said. “He’s a Maryland-bred, so the Maryland Juvenile is an option. The races in November might be a touch quick, but it’s all going to be up to him. The way he came out of his maiden win, that’s why I ran back the way I did. If he comes out and it seems like I could probably give him a little more time in between to develop, I’d like to. But, at the same time, he might be asking to do something sooner.”