Carolyn Wilson’s Wellabled returned to racing on May 10th to make his five-year-old debut in an Allowance race that was scheduled for the turf course, but was washed off and was run at five furlongs on the Arlington synthetic main track.
He was bet down to the odds on favorite in the field of seven, and won like an odds on favorite should. After breaking quickly from post 5, Jose Valdivia Jr. hustled him to the lead and kept him there for a 9 length victory completing the five furlongs in 56.43 seconds, a new Arlington track record.
With that effort Wellabled also earned a 109 Beyer speed figure which ranks third in the country so far for races under a mile.
Before his track record setting comeback race, he had not been seen since last February at Golden Gate Fields where he ran second in the Lost in the Fog Stakes capping off his short 2018 campaign where his only other race was a win at Turfway Park in the Forego Stakes.
The long layoff brought a few question marks coming into his 2019 debut, but trainer Larry Rivelli is confident in his now five-year-old son of Shackleford,
“He’s always been such a man amongst boys. He’s had a bunch of little injuries, running as fast and as hard as he does is hard on him, but now he’s back to where he was before” Rivelli said.
“We knew he would run a big race off of the layoff, he had been training like a monster as he always does. This race really didn’t take much out of him, which is great being that he did it so easily and broke the track record in the process. He’ll obviously have to run harder next time out against better competition but I was very happy with his comeback and how well he is doing coming out of it” he explained.
Wellabled was a Graded Stakes winner in 2016 after winning the GIII Arlington-Washington Futurity, and could prove that he still belongs in Graded Stakes company later this year,
“On synthetic he’s a Graded Stakes caliber horse. The only issue is that there’s only so many tracks with the synthetic surface so we may put him back on the turf at some point. Although it was a long time ago he ran really well on it in the Skidmore at Saratoga in 2016. I still think he will transfer to it well if we need him to” said Rivelli.
For the near future, Rivelli will keep Wellabled on the synthetic as he is pointing him towards a five and a half furlong Stakes race at Presque Isle Downs.