The Lir Jet Keeneland Race Review
The Lir Jet made a very pleasing seasonal reappearance in the Shakertown Stakes (Group 2) at Keeneland yesterday.
The Lir Jet was slightly slowly away meaning he had plenty of ground to make up in the early part of the race. Golden Pal as expected set a scintillating pace and kept going to be an easy winner.
The Lir Jet ran on strongly down the home straight to grab a close fifth.
Tyler Gaffalione said post race,
"I'm very happy with that. He broke a bit slow but he gave me a real good feel down the back stretch, he just got outpaced early. He will come on stacks for that race and stepping back up in trip he will be back in the winners circle very soon. He's got a really exciting season ahead."
The Lir Jet's trainer Brendan Walsh said,
"Really good solid run. He just was on the back foot from flag fall but he's ran on very well all the way to the line. We know he can compete with America's top sprinters but I think we'll look at stepping him back up in trip slightly but this has been a great starting point to get his season started."