Speaker’s Corner proves unstoppable in G1 Carter Handicap
Speaker’s Corner continued his relentless ascent this year as he routed the opposition in the seven-furlong G1 Carter Handicap at Aqueduct, USA, on Saturday, 9 April.
The Street Sense colt was dropping down to seven furlongs for Bill Mott following two impressive mile wins at Gulfstream Park this season, in January’s G3 Fred W Hooper Stakes and the G2 Gulfstream Park Mile in early March.
Showing his customary good early speed, Speaker’s Corner raced in a close third on the outside of Bank On Shea and Mind Control initially, with Reinvestment Risk sneaking up the inside after a furlong as all four duelled for the lead.
Speaker’s Corner was sent on into a length advantage leaving the back straight and readily increased his lead entering the lane as his six rivals tried in vain to close on the Godolphin homebred.
Shaken up by Junior Alvarado approaching the final furlong, Speaker’s Corner streaked further clear before being eased close home to beat Reinvestment Risk by four and a half lengths.
Bill Mott said: “We thought Speaker’s Corner was talented as a two-year-old. He had some little issues that we had to give him time for and then we had to give him more time than we wanted to, but right now it looks like it’s turned out well.
“We’ve got to put the G1 Met Mile on the list now - that would be a prime target. We have squeezed him pretty good the way it is. We’ve come back five weeks, four weeks, so he’s had his races fairly close together already.”
Junior Alvarado added: “Speaker’s Corner has become the horse that we thought he was going to be. We were always very high rank with him before he ran for the first time. Then there were a couple of hiccups on the way, just trying to figure out what he wanted.
“He is in great form and I told Bill that you could throw anything at him right now. I’m just glad to be on him.
“For the kind of horse he is and the way he runs, he worries me sometimes because he chills down the backside and you don’t feel that he is going to be a speed horse at all. He saves all his energy but, when they open the gates, he knows what to do.”