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Hillwood Stable LLC’s Post Time had to work a little bit harder than normal, but prevailed in the City of Laurel Stakes at Laurel Park on Saturday, Nov. 25, for his first open stakes victory.

The gray or roan 3-year-old colt trained by Brittany Russell was sent off as the overwhelming 2-5 favorite in the six-horse field. Last year's Maryland-bred champion 2-year-old on the strength of a 3-for-3 season, capped by a victory in the Maryland Juvenile last December, he returned to take his 3-year-old debut at Pimlico impressively on Sept. 22 after a more than nine-month layoff. Next up was a third-place effort, beaten one and a quarter lengths, in the Oct. 21 Perryville Stakes at Keeneland, marking his first career loss. 

Back at Laurel where he launched his career last October, Post Time is now a perfect 4-for-4. Breaking uneventfully from post position three under Sheldon Russell, he was drafted towards the back of the pack while loose leader Byk set an opening quarter of :23.53 and went the half in :46.60. Post Time remained a few paths off the rail on the turn as the field swarmed in on Byk.

Set down in the stretch, Post Time made a charge after the leaders from the four-path, while three-time stakes winner Ninetyprcentmaddie, who saved ground all the way, angled off the rail and took control. Post Time moved to within a half-length of Ninetyprcentmaddie in the stretch, but couldn’t get by as that rival began to drift out a few paths. Post Time dug in and showed resilience, getting up to win by a head. The final time for seven furlongs on a fast track was 1:24.23.

Post Time pushed his career record to 5-0-1 from six starts, while earning $252,910.  

Post Time, a son of Frosted, was bred by Tom and Chris Bowman, their son Dr. Brooke Bowman, and longtime partner Milton P. Higgins III and sold as a yearling at the Fasig-Tipton Midlantic Fall sale to Cary Frommer for $85,000. His dam, the Fairbanks mare Vielsalm, was bred by the Bowmans and, after returning a $3,500 RNA at the 2011 Fasig-Tipton Midlantic Fall Yearling sale, was campaigned throughout her 38-race career by Brooke, earning $329,285 and winning seven times in 38 starts, including the 2014 All Brandy Stakes. Her 14 placings included a second in the Grade 3 Gallorette Handicap at Pimlico. 

Post Time’s lineage traces back three generations of Bowman and Higgins mares. His third dam, the unraced Affirmed mare Satin Lilly, was purchased at age 10, in foal to Local Talent, for $4,000 by Higgins at the 1993 Keeneland January Horses of All Ages Sale. The mare’s eight foals bred by the partners included stakes winner Undercover (by Allen’s Prospect) and the unraced My Rib, dam of multiple stakes winner and 2017 Maryland-bred champion older mare My Magician.

All three of Vielsalm’s foals of racing age have started. Her first foal, What Does It Take (Munnings), recorded his sixth win on Nov. 24 at Laurel to boost his career earnings to $207,006. Her yearling filly by McKinzie named Field Song sold for $80,000 at this year’s Fasig-Tipton Midlantic Fall Yearling Sale. Not bred for 2023, Vielsalm visited Nyquist this year. 

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