Post Time made his 4-year-old debut in the $75,000 one-mile Jennings Stakes for Maryland-bred or Maryland-sired older males on Sunday, Jan. 28, and turned in perhaps his most impressive effort to date, winning by six and a half lengths with an impressive final time.
The gray or roan Brittany Russell trainee entered the Jennings, originally scheduled for Saturday, Jan. 20 but postponed due to inclement weather, off a win in the Nov. 25 City of Laurel Stakes, his second career stakes triumph. In the Jennings, he faced a salty group which included recent Robert T. Manfuso Stakes winner Double Crown and Maryland Million Sprint champion Seven’s Eleven, a winner of four of his last five starts. Post Time went off as the 7-10 choice in the six-horse field.
Breaking from the outside post under Sheldon Russell, Post Time began well and immediately dropped to the back of the pack while racing off the favorable rail over the sloppy going. As they rounded the far turn, Russell asked Post Time for run, and he began to respond, closing into a first quarter of :24.03 and an opening half of :47.35 set by longest shot Holy Synchronicity, who was in a battle for the lead with Seven’s Eleven and All Threes.
As the field hit the top of the stretch and passed three-quarters in 1:12.19, longshot All Threes struck the front, but Post Time looked ready to roll. Russell got him in the clear at the eighth pole, and under only mild urging, he rolled by a weakened All Threes and left Seven’s Eleven in his wake. He continued to draw off under only the mildest encouragement, and was fully wrapped up by the time they hit the wire, with Seven’s Eleven and All Threes completing the trifecta. The final time was 1:36.73, good for a Beyer figure of 103 and an Equibase figure of 116.
The victory improved Post Time’s career record to 6-0-1 from seven starts with earnings of $297,910. He was named champion Maryland-bred 2-year-old in 2022 on the strength of a perfect 3-for-3 season, including a win in the Maryland Juvenile, his only other start over an off track. He made his 3-year-old debut on Sept. 22 at Pimlico and won impressively, followed by a third-place effort in the Oct. 21 Perryville Stakes at Keeneland and his City of Laurel victory.
A son of Frosted, Post Time was bred by Tom and Chris Bowman, their son Dr. Brooke Bowman, and longtime partner Milton P. Higgins III and is owned by Hillwood Stable LLC. He sold as a yearling at the Fasig-Tipton Midlantic Fall sale to Cary Frommer, on behalf of Hillwood, 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 Laurel’s 2014 All Brandy Stakes. Her 14 placings included a seconds in the Grade 3 Gallorette Handicap at Pimlico and the 2015 running of the All Brandy.
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 (by Partner’s Hero), dam of multiple stakes winner and 2017 Maryland-bred champion older mare My Magician.
Vielsalm’s first three foals of racing age are winners. What Does It Take (2018, Munnings), is a six-time winner with earnings of $215,811, and finished fourth in a starter optional claiming race immediately following the Jennings. Battle of Bastogne (2019, Street Magician) broke his maiden in his last start, at Laurel on Dec. 22, in a 14-1 upset. Vielsalm has a 2-year-old filly named Field Song (McKinzie), who sold for $80,000 at last October’s Fasig-Tipton Midlantic sale. Not bred for 2023, Vielsalm went to Nyquist for 2024.