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Horse Profile - Audible
There was always a chance that Audible would reach the potential that he had flashed during training as a young horse. Bred by Oak Bull Stables, Audible was originally purchased as a yearling by 4H for $175,000 and was later auctioned off to Chine Horse Club & Winstar Farm for $500,000 one year later. The group co-owns him along with SF Racing LLC. He is trained by Todd Pletcher.
First running in a Belmont Park maiden special weight in late September 2017, Audible was a bit too green. He lost to We Should Talk and Smokin Platinum over 6 ½ furlongs. However, since then it has been a completely different story.
Audible blossomed in the middle of November and defeated Honor Up and Violent Delights in a one mile race at Aqueduct to earn his maiden win, while being clocked at 1:40.07. He then continued the winning streak at Aqueduct a few weeks later by winning an allowance over Crea’s Bklyn Law and Hills Pond, improving his mile time to 1:36.57.
The 2018 Holy Bull Stakes was not only his season debut, but an opportunity for Audible to cement his place amongst the leading contenders on the Derby trail. To do this he would have to contend with Enticed and Tiz Mischief, who finished first and second in the 2017 Kentucky Jockey Club. Also in the mix was Free Drop Billy, a curiously graceful runner who certainly seems to be gifted but has had trouble putting it all together. Free Drop Billy ran 2nd in both the 2017 Hopeful and Sanford before winning the 2017 Breeders’ Futurity. He finished 9th in the Breeders’ Cup Juvenile.
In short, this was the perfect field to quickly grade Audible who excited bettors enough to go off as a 3/1 odds co-second choice alongside both Tiz Mischief and Free Drop Billy. Enticed was the 9/5 favorite and looked to be perfectly positioned to take an early lead, but it was instead Audible who took the pocket between the longshot pace setters. By the crest of the final turn, Free Drop Billy was stuck on the outside of a hard charging Audible and failed to challenge him down the stretch.
The victory for Audible in the 2018 Holy Bull was his first stakes win, as he finished ahead of Free Drop Billy, Tiz Mischief and Enticed in that order. Contesting three strong runners in such a rigorous fashion has made Audible a bit of a fan favorite. He is now 3-0-1 in four starts with $287,720 in career earnings.
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