That was more like it!
In his second race for Emerald Racing Club, E Z Larry led gate-to-wire and scored a one-length victory Friday in 1:03.91 for 5 1/2 furlongs. Ridden by Isaias Enriquez, E Z Larry paid $3.60 to win as the betting favorite.
The final time was pretty darned good, and I imagine Larry will easily top his previous Beyer figures of 44 and 48. A race later, Let’s Mambo won a $15,000 maiden claiming race for fillies and mares in 1:05.06–over a full second slower than E Z Larry’s winning time.
E Z Larry was not claimed, which was a relief since we were dropping way down to $8,000 claiming Friday.
E Z Larry earned $4,290, meaning we still have quite a ways to go to recoup our investment in the horse. But Larry should fit very nicely in a race for non-winners of two races lifetime, which is a pretty common condition at Emerald Downs.
So assuming E Z Larry comes out of the race in good shape, and he walked back to the barn just fine, we should be able to look for another race fairly soon.
There were a couple of anxious moments Friday. E Z Larry ran a very fast opening quarter-mile (:21.88 seconds) and opened a three-length lead on the turn for home. As I watched the race with trainer Mike Puhich we saw that Myt Fine and jockey Kevin Orozco were rallying strongly from the back of the back. Enriquez, meanwhile, took a confident peak back into the stretch, and E Z Larry was up to the challenge and turned aside Myt Fine through the lane for the victory.
E Z Larry and Myt Fine dominated the race. E Z Larry was the winner by one length, and Myt Fine was 6 3/4 lengths ahead of Trust in the Stars in third place. Galeforce Nine, the horse Matt Dinerman feared in his pre-race analysis, finished fourth, and Parker’s Prince and Buckpeak rounded out the order of finish.