'Truly Uno' Defends in 'Big Daddy'
Mr Truly Uno looks to repeat in the SLM Big Daddy.
March 14, 2013
Sally Box’s Mr Truly Uno looks to push his record to three-for-three at 550 yards when he defends his 2012 win in the $35,000 SLM Big Daddy Stakes at Remington Park on Saturday night.
Mr Truly Uno (Feature Mr Jess-Truley Yours by Tolltac) has found a productive distance at 550 yards with each of his two wins over the past year coming at the distance. A year ago, he prevailed by a neck in the SLM Big Daddy when he made his first 550-yard start. He made his second start at the distance in the TQHA 550 Stakes at Retama Park in July and rolled to a 1 3/4 length win as the odds-on favorite.
The Sleepy Gilbreath-trained gelding then made his only start since then when he was a close second by a head in the $75,000 Refrigerator Handicap (G1) at 440 yards in October.
Mary Kirby’s Free Stater (Separatist-Free Bird Fly (TB) by Bianconi) makes his first appearance since last fall at Prairie Meadows. The 870-yard specialist is making his 550-yard debut to prepare for trips around the hook.
Free Stater was third in the Red Cell Prairie Meadows Distance Challenge (G3) and then took the Q-Racing Video Stakes by 2 1/4 lengths as the 6-5 favorite for trainer Jackie Kirby on October 26. Each of those races came at 870 yards.
The Kirby team will also send out Jesse In Town (Feature Mr Jess-Whatsthatfillysname by Takin On The Cash), who is making his first appearance since winning the OQHRA Fall Classic Stakes by a head over 440 yards. The 6-year-old gelding has never raced at 550 yards, however was also second in the 440-yard Farnam Stakes back in October.
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