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Big Drink of Water Coasts in Arlington-Washington Futurity
The 84th running of the $75,000 Arlington-Washington Futurity went to Patricia’s Hope, LLC’s Big Drink of Water to make it back-to-back stakes wins for the juvenile son of Soldat. Trained by Larry Rivelli, the winner went to post with Jose Valdivia, Jr. in the irons as the 6-5 betting choice over six other 2-year-olds contesting the seven-furlong event on the all-weather track at Arlington International Racecourse.
Mellon Patch, Inc.’s Mike Campbell-trained Hide the Demon was rank early under Mitchell Murrill, pulling his way to the front to set early fractions of 23.11 and 46.47 while Big Drink of Water settled just off the flank of the pacesetter. Ben Colebrook trainee Knicks Go, piloted by Chris Emigh for KRA Stud Farm, kept the pressure on the frontrunners from third while being shadowed by Churchill Downs Racing Club’s Distant Shore in the early stages of the race. Coming into the stretch in 1:11.72, Big Drink of Water overtook the tiring leader and cleared the field to win by 1¼ lengths in a final time of 1:25.20. Tom Amoss trainee Distant Shore rallied under Jermaine Bridgmohan for second 4¾ lengths in front of Knicks Go.
“We bought [Big Drink of Water] specifically for this race,” said Rivelli. “A buddy of mine, Jose’s agent Steve Leving, picked the horse out for us, [Vince] Foglia agreed to buy him and we took a shot. We worked him a couple of times in company with some good horses, and he stayed right with them so we were pretty confident.”
“Jose is a good enough rider to realize if something is going on to call an audible,” commented Rivelli about the pace setup. “He did, and it was good.”
“Tom has done a great job with this horse,” said Bridgmohan about his runner-up. “[Distant Shore] is very smart and professional so I have to thank Tom and the Churchill Downs Racing Club for letting me ride this horse. He was real professional. I sat in the pocket and when I got out he made his run and ran very well. It’s great riding for organizations like the racing club. It’s always a pleasure.”
“I had some horse around the turn but we faded down the lane,” said Emigh. “We were good enough to hang on for third, so now he’s stakes placed.”
Winning for the third time in four starts, Big Drink of Water earned $44,100 to elevate his career bankroll to $114,490. He returned $4.20, $2.60 and $2.20 to his backers. Distant Shore paid $2.60 and $2.40, while Knicks Go returned $4.
Hide the Demon, Sayin Grace, Castlewood Terrace, and Coup de Ville completed the order of running.