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Wild Cycle acting like a winner


September 7, 2006     E-mail this page to a friend!

By Michael Costanzo
Wild Cycle's dramatic win in the WTBA Lads on Saturday, September 2, surprised
many, as the two-year-old son of Free At Last become just the third horse in Emerald's 10-year history to win a two-turn race from post 12.

"I was a little shaky about him winning out of the 12 hole," trainer Aubrey Villyard said. "The problem with that post is if you go (to the lead), you're out of gas by the end. Juan (Gutierrez) rode a smart race. He wanted to go with Howard (Belvoir's) horse (Immigration), but I told him to ride your own race and pick your spots."

Wild Cycle came from about six lengths off the pace to prevail at the wire over stablemate Pirates Deputy.

Villyard said both youngsters came out of the race in top shape and would be pointed towards the 69th running of the $100,000 Gottstein Futurity on Sept. 30.

The stakes victory by Wild Cycle was Villyard's third of his career. The conditioner enjoyed his first stakes triumph with Random Memo in the 2004 edition of the Tacoma Handicap before taking that year's running of the Angie C. Stakes with Charming Colleen.