CT: Audible the Play takes first 2yo race of the season

Audible the Play
Audible the Play won the first 2yo race of the year at Charles Town. Photo by Coady Photography.

After watching Audible the Play capture the first maiden special weight event for West Virginia-bred two-year-old fillies at Charles Town this year June 28, trainer Anthony Farrior said that he would likely give the juvenile daughter of Audible a brief respite before pointing her for stakes company locally or at Colonial Downs.

Audible the Play, whom Farrior trains for breeder James F. Miller and his co-owner Richard Burnsworth, had been a solid second in a maiden $45,000 claiming event at Laurel Park on June 1 in her career debut in a race in which she was the only runner entered for the tag. One of six first-time starters in that race, Audible the Play finished second behind 3-2 favorite Safe Trust, who had been second in her previous outing and was the only experienced runner in that event.

“I really thought she was going to win that race at Laurel,” Farrior said. “I was just trying to sneak a race in her somewhere before the first maiden special weight race at Charles Town came up. She ran really well at Laurel and ‘Boca’ [jockey Arnaldo Bocachica] really liked her. Once she broke sharp tonight, I really wasn’t too worried.”

On Friday she was sent out as the overwhelming 3-10 favorite in a full field of 10 state-bred juvenile fillies that included eight first-time starters. Audible the Play broke very alertly to put a head in front of stablemate Collecting Angels in the early running. Rounding the turn, she inched away from that rival and cruised home with ease, prevailing by 3 3/4 lengths over late-running Over the Bull (Wesley Ho up) and fellow Farrior trainee Collecting Angels (Reshawn Latchman). She stopped the timer in 52.77 for the 4 1/2 furlongs.

“She came out of that race at Laurel really good, but she’s a little on the thin side,” Farrior said. “She’s going to get a break now on my farm, then I will start looking for some stakes for her. She’s Virginia certified so we could go to Colonial Downs for a race and then come back here [for the $75,000 Rachel’s Turn Stakes]. She’s already had two races, and she ran well in both of them. I just want to give her a little rest on my farm and then find a stakes for her somewhere. She’s got the talent; she just needs to get a little bigger.”

The inaugural maiden special weight event for West Virginia-bred two-year-old boys will be run July 4 as the third race. It has drawn a field of seven.