Tay­lor a tremen­dous ma­chine in qual­i­fier

Daily Racing Form National Digital Edition - - News - PETER T. FORNATALE

In Satur­day’s Grade 1 qual­i­fier for the World Cham­pi­onship of Hand­i­cap­ping, Ken­neth Tay­lor went to the front and im­proved his po­si­tion. He’ll now have a shot at the $1 mil­lion purse in the no-take­out WCH fi­nals, an on­line con­test slated to take place early next year.

Things started on the right foot for Tay­lor when Mar­shall Eddy went wire to wire in Saratoga’s sec­ond race, re­turn­ing the max­i­mum $64 win-place com­bined. In the next race, Par­adise Is­land ($36.40) gave him what turned out to be an in­sur­mount­able lead. Had he not re­ceived an­other dol­lar from there, he still would have eas­ily qual­i­fied. But he kept on go­ing on with it, end­ing up with a to­tal of $137.30, nearly twice as much as sec­ond-place fin­isher John Holmes ($72.70).

Also on Satur­day, Justin Dew ($78.90) won a seat to the Keeneland Chal­lenge. Dew cashed in six of the 12 con­test events but the late surge of West Coast ($21.80) in the Travers and Mo­hi­can ($22.20) in the Spa night­cap is what re­ally put him over the top.

On Sun­day, for­mer Keeneland Chal­lenge win­ner Rick Broth ($85.90) won his way back to the Keeneland con­test. Broth col­lected four times but the Tor­rey Pines was re­ally the key race for him. He ini­tially picked Delite­full Lady, who scratched, but he had the pres­ence of mind to choose Munny Spunt as an al­ter­nate. Zap­per­cat passed un­der the wire first, but when she was DQ’d, Munny Spunt ($52.80) was el­e­vated and so was Broth.

In Sun­day’s other fea­tured tour­na­ment, Tyler Whis­man ($90.50) won his way to the Santa Anita Au­tumn Cham­pi­onship. Whis­man’s win­ning card in­cluded five col­lec­tions, high­lighted by Munny Spunt. Scott Lar­away, who fin­ished third, de­serves honor­able men­tion. He got to his to­tal of $83.30 with­out the ben­e­fit of Munny Spunt. He col­lected in the first five races, putting him­self in an en­vi­able po­si­tion for the con­test’s sec­ond half. He also backed the Zap­perkat, the DQ’d win­ner. On the plus side, he and sec­ond-place fin­isher Tom Boyko each picked up $600 in site credit.

This week’s DRF Tour­na­ments ac­tion cen­ters around two events next week­end. One is a Grade 1 qual­i­fier for the World Cham­pi­onship of Hand­i­cap­ping on Satur­day where play­ers put up $580 and one in 10 ad­vance to the $5,000 buy-in fi­nals. Sun­day’s fea­tured event will be a qual­i­fier for the Woodbine Mile. The buy in for that con­test is $320 and one in 12 will win their $3,500 (Cana­dian) buy-ins plus $500 (U.S.) in travel. There will also be more ways to win in to both Keeneland and Santa Anita.

For more in­for­ma­tion, go to tour­na­ments.drf.com.

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