REGAL EXPECTATIONS wins at Pimlico!
Dare To Dream Stable’s Regal Expectations relished the sloppy going and put away his competition in breaking his maiden in his 6th career start. The connections were excited to finally see Regal perform on the turf, unfortunately for the second straight time Mother Nature had her own plan and the race was taken off the sod. With the race scratched down to eight entrants, Regal Expectations broke alertly from his outside post and jockey Jevian Toledo immediately secured a terrific stalking position in second just a few lengths off the longshot leader, Valley Cal. After a half mile that went in 47.84, the bay son of Alex’s Pal inched a bit closer to the pacesetter as they splashed down the backside. When they hit the 3/4 mark, Jevian decided it was time to go and Regal Expectations quickly took command midway into the far turn. Regal opened up an insurmountable 4 length lead into the mid-stretch and had enough left in the tank to cross the wire a comfortable 1 1/2 lengths ahead of his nearest competitor, Big Platinum. It was another 3 3/4 lengths back to the 3rd place finisher.
With the victory, Regal Expectations now has a win and a 3rd in six career starts with earnings of $16,794.00 in his brief career. Congratulations go out to all the Dare To Dream Stable partners on this very gratifying victory. Kudos to trainer Mark Shuman and his entire staff on keeping Regal sharp and ready for a breakthrough performance. Finally to jockey Jevian Toledo who gave a picture perfect ride and had Regal in a great spot from the get go and looking like a winner from the half mile marker to the wire!