From DMTC Publicity DEL MAR, Calif. (July 27, 2012) -- After sending Lakerville out for allowance level turf victories on Opening Day and, one week later, last Wednesday, trainer Barry Abrams will give the 4-year-old Unusual Heat colt a rest.
But only until the Green Flash Handicap on August 15. And Lakerville will have a tough act to follow off his first two starts, like the Green Flash at 5 furlong distances on turf, when it’s showtime again.
“You look at the fractions for the race (on Wednesday) and he ran the fastest three furlongs any horse ever has,” Abrams said Friday morning. The official clocking for the first quarter of the five-furlong race was :22.82, with pacesetter Close to the Edge seven lengths in front of Lakerville, who was next-to-last in a field of eight.
Lakerville’s winning time was :56.57. Using the rule-of-thumb of one length equals a fifth of a second, Lakerville went the first quarter in around 24 flat and the final three-eighths in under 33 seconds.
“I’ve never seen a horse do the first three furlongs in :32, let alone the last three,” Abrams said.
Abrams is already thinking of the $1 million Breeders’ Cup Turf Sprint, 6 ½ furlongs down the hillside course at Santa Anita on November 3.
“I think he’ll win it,” Abrams said.