Post Time added a graded stakes win to his burgeoning resume on Saturday, Feb. 17 at Laurel Park, taking the General George-G3 by three lengths, his seventh win in eight career starts.

Twenty days prior to the General George, Post Time turned in an impressive six and a half-length score in the Jennings Stakes, defeating top Maryland-bred/Maryland-sired runners easily. Off that victory, he was sent off as the 1-5 choice in the six-horse field. 

After a clean break, Post Time drafted towards the back of the pack under Sheldon Russell, but remained fairly close to the pace. Early leader Seven’s Eleven set an opening quarter of :23.81, but cranked up the tempo with a :46.61 half. As they rounded the far turn, Russell angled Post Time into the two path and began to set him up to rally.

Hitting the top of the stretch, Post Time remained in fifth, but was drawing closer to the pace. He attempted to split Nimitz Class and Tenebris at the three-sixteenths pole, but the hole soon closed in front of him. Undeterred, Russell angled Post Time towards the center of the track. He struck the front at the sixteenth pole and kicked away from there. Seven’s Eleven hung on for second to complete a Maryland-bred exacta. The final time for seven furlongs on a fast main track was 1:23.33, good for a Beyer figure of 103, a Brisnet figure of 103, and an Equibase figure of 116.

Undefeated in seven Maryland starts (six at Laurel and one at Pimlico), Post Time now has earnings of $417,910. He was voted champion Maryland-bred 2-year-old in 2022 after a perfect 3-for-3 season which included a win in the Maryland Juvenile. He returned to the races as a 3-year-old on Sept. 22 of last year and won impressively at Pimlico, followed by a third-place effort in the Perryville at Keeneland on Oct. 21 and a victory in the City of Laurel on Nov. 25. 

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 and trained by Brittany Russell. 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 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 $219,366, and finished third in a starter optional claiming race on the General George undercard. Battle of Bastogne (2019, Street Magician) has won his last two starts at Laurel and has earned $40,780 in his seven-race career. 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. 

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