Longshot Next Shares Finds Room On The Inside To Win Seabiscuit

It was all about the trip in Saturday’s Grade 2 Seabiscuit Handicap, Jose Valdivia, Jr. manufactured a perfect one for 6-year-old gelding Next Shares. Riding the rail around the far turn, the son of Archarcharch got to the lead in mid-stretch with enough left to hold off the late bid from unlucky 7-5 favorite Sacred Life by a half-length on the wire. Trained by Richard Baltas, the 27-1 longshot Next Shares ran 1 1/16 miles over Del Mar’s “good” turf course in 1:42.00.

“I think for him it’s always good to have a little cut in the ground,” said Baltas. “He doesn’t like the firm turf, he likes it a little softer. It was very rewarding. I never gave up on him (1 for 7 in 2019); he just had a couple bad trips. I didn’t do any rain dances. I’m running seven or eight horses on the grass and those that like it will run well and those that don’t won’t. This horse was ready today and had a great trip.”

When the leading horses drifted out turning into the stretch, Next Shares took  advantage of the opportunity to surge to the lead and then had enough left to resist the late challenge of 3-2 favored Sacred Life and win by a half-length in 1:42.00 flat for the mile and one-sixteenth over the infield grass course.

River Boyne was third, a head back of the runner-up and a length and one-half in advance of fourth-place Majestic Eagle in the field of nine older runners. Cleopatra’s Strike was scratched.

“I had to wait for room (on the turn),” Valdivia said. “I was between Flavien (Prat on River Boyne) and Johnny (Velazquez on Ritzy A.P.). When Flavien went one way, I went the other. The hole opened up for me and this horse was there. I knew I was on a lot of horse all the way. I just needed a spot to run.”

Bred in Kentucky by Buck Pond Farm, Next Shares is out of the Evansville Slew mare Two Dot Slew. A Grade 1 winner at Keeneland over good turf last fall, the gelding improved his overall record to seven wins from 29 starts with earnings of over $1.6 million.

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