Kept True rewrites script in Broadway

Saturday, February 15th, 2020

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By Sarah Mace

Treadway Racing Stable homebred Kept True ran a terrific race in the La Verdad at Aqueduct on January 4, dueling the pacesetter and grabbing the lead in the stretch, but could not seal the deal. Reddam Racing’s Cash Offer, who watched the battle from third, scampered by her in the stretch to get the win by a length.

In Saturday’s $100,000 Broadway at the Big A, Kept True rewrote the script. She pressed the pacesetter once again but when she took over the lead midstretch opened an insurmountable lead, leaving Cash Offer three lengths in her wake in second.

A four-year-old daughter of Yes It’s True trained by Leah Gyarmati, Kept True was given a slight edge by bettors at 9-5 over 2-1 Cash Offer, as both runners turned back a furlong from the seven-panel La Verdad.

Breaking from post five (of six), Kept True settled in second a length behind Stonesintheroad, who was gunned to the lead from her outside post. Hay Field in the two path and Cash Offer at the rail set up shop in third and fourth

The order of the top four remained unchanged through a half mile in 46.80, but all the while Kept True steadily eroded the pacesetter’s lead, getting within a half length early on the turn and drawing even by the quarter pole.

Taking command just in advance of the furlong marker, Kept True had to hold off Cash Offer, now alone in second. Jockey Dylan Davis, also in the irons for the La Verdad and mindful of the outcome of that race, had timed his move to have plenty of horse in the final stages. The pair drove home to a convincing three-length victory in a final time of 1:11.51.

Cash Offer finished one-half length ahead of Hay Field in third, who was followed, in order, by Bluegrass Jamboree, Stonesintheroad and Out of Orbit. [VIDEO REPLAY]

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“I didn’t want to move too early because she got short last time,” Davis said. “But at the same time, I didn’t want Cash Offer to get up to me too early and get the jump on me. I was trying to figure out where I was in the race and be in control.”

The pilot added, “My filly really likes the six furlongs. It was a little bit of tactics to figure out where I wanted to be. I loved my position laying second, and she was just waiting for me to tell her to go. Once I did, she really took off. She really ran well. I think she’s improving.

Trainer Leah Gyarmati, commented, “Dylan [Davis] has obviously been doing great with her. She has always shown ability; it was just a matter of trying to figure out what her level is. Against open company that was obviously a different ballgame.”

After Kept True won at first asking at Belmont in October 2018, she completed her juvenile campaign with state-bred stakes tries in the Maid of the Mist, where she third and Key Cents. Winning her first two starts at three, she dove into the deep waters of the Grade 2 Prioress, where she was unplaced. Following a 2 1/2-month freshening, in four starts dating back to November, she has collected two wins and two seconds. In all, from five wins in 10 starts with two seconds and third she has earned $298,959.

“As time passes, I think she’s getting a little better and stronger,´ Gyarmati said. “Some horses don’t bloom until they are 4 or 5, and you have to have patience. She’s obviously a very nice New York-bred filly.”

Kept True, who was foaled at Stone Bridge Farm in Gansevoort, is the only foal to race out of Well Kept, a multiple stakes placed runner for Treadway Racing Stable whose second dam is 1989 Eclipse Champion Sprinter and Hall of Fame inductee Safely Kept. Well Kept’s most recent reported foal is a juvenile filly by Street Boss.

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