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Run Away Shows Heart to Win Barretts Juvenile S.
RSS Feeds Sunday, September 24, 2017

Kaleem Shah’s Run Away captured Saturday’s $100,000 Barretts Juvenile Stakes at Los Alamitos as expected, however, the 1-5 race favorite had to overcome adversity and in the process demonstrated a new running style in recording his third stakes score.

The two-year-old son of Run Away And Hide broke well but didn’t flash his customary early zip and raced between rivals through the early stages. Three-wide around the turn, Run Away rallied gamely through the lane and got up in the final jumps to win the 6 ½-furlong event by a head over Crazy Uncle Rick.

In his previous four lifetime starts, he had never been far from the pace, but in this race, he found himself off the pace and uncomfortable between rivals, a spot he had never found himself in before. "Once I put him in the clear he started making his run," said jockey Flavien Prat.

Trainer Simon Callaghan was impressed with the new dimension his charge showed, saying, “He was in between horses (in the turn), that’s just not where you want to be. He was in a real tough spot early in between horses and it just showed he’s got a big heart to come and run them down. We’ll give him a bit of freshening now and then figure out our next target with him.”

Bred in Kentucky by Erv Woolsey and Al Kinder, Run Away is produced from the winning Pulpit mare Cabales, and is a $325,000 graduate of the Barretts March sale.

Saturday’s win, Run Away’s fourth in five lifetime starts, improved his career bankroll to $304,400. His only loss was a third-place finish behind Bolt d’Oro and Zatter in the Del Mar Debutante (G1). Prior to that, he won the Best Pal Stakes (G2) at Del Mar and the Santa Anita Juvenile Stakes at Santa Anita.