Thank goodness for OTB TV. Hanging out this morning drinking my coffee and writing, I turned it on and caught the replays of yesterday’s races. I was barely paying attention when I heard Tom Durkin call, startled, “Ohhh, and Numaany, Numaany just bolted to the outside! Numaany just bolted to the outside!” The horse was clear by a couple of lengths in the stretch and just jumped to the right, seemingly taking himself right out of the race and right onto the apron…as Durkin noted, Numaany’s entrymate British Columbia “fortunately” was behind him and inherited the lead…until Numaany regrouped, re-gained the lead, and won by 2 3/4 lengths. It was Numaany’s second start; he finished fifth in a maiden race on the Gold Cup undercard and the line reads “greenly inside.” Greenly outside Friday afternoon, his sudden move caused Javier Castellano to lose an iron; credit to Castellano for re-focusing the horse and getting the win. Durkin finished the call with, “An absolutely bizarre stretch run by Numaany….whew!” See the replay of the third race at Aqueduct; you might need to register, but it’s free.
Unsurprisingly, both Jerry Bossert in the NY Daily News and Ed Fountaine in the NY Post write about the race. Bossert quotes Castellano, who considered jumping off the colt as he headed towards the starting gate; Fountaine mentions Numaany and the Kentucky Derby in the same sentence.