A new track, a wide trip, and a drifting rival couldn’t stop Post Time, as the Maryland-bred superstar picked up his fifth career stakes win, and second graded stakes victory in a row, in the Carter-G2 at Aqueduct on Saturday, April 6.

In the historic Carter, Post Time was making his first start in New York, and second start outside of Maryland. In his previous out-of-state venture, he suffered his lone defeat, finishing third in the Perryville at Keeneland last October. The complexion of the race changed a few hours before race time, when Petulante, who figured to be one of the favorites, was scratched. That left Super Chow, coming in off two consecutive Aqueduct wins, as the lone speed, which threatened to make things difficult for the late-running Post Time. In spite of those concerns, Post Time went off as the 4-5 favorite in the four-horse Carter field.

In the early stages, Post Time took his usual spot towards the back of the pack, but Sheldon Russell was sure to keep him a little bit closer to the pace than usual, racing one path off the inside. Super Chow made the front and set a soft opening quarter of :24.38 and a first half of :48.18. 

As they turned for home, Super Chow remained in front, but Post Time had hit his best stride and started to gain ground on the outside. As Super Chow faded, he began to drift out, and subsequently carried Post Time towards the center of the track, impeding his momentum in the process. Meanwhile, Castle Chaos, who had also rated off the pace, started to rally up the rail, saving much more ground. In the final yards, Post Time worked his way past Super Chow and got up in the last few jumps to win by a neck over Castle Chaos. The final time for seven furlongs on a fast main track was 1:24.

The victory improved Post Time’s career record to 8-0-1 from nine starts, with earnings of $582,910. In his prior start, he cruised home in the General George-G3 at Laurel Park on Feb. 17. He launched his 2024 season with a victory over Maryland-restricted runners in the Jan. 28 Jennings at Laurel. 

The champion Maryland-bred 2-year-old male in 2022 after a perfect 3-for-3 season which included a win in the Maryland Juvenile, he returned to the races last year on Sept. 22 with an impressive allowance score at Pimlico. A victory in the City of Laurel on Nov. 25 followed his Perryville performance.

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, while Battle of Bastogne (2019, Street Magician) has won twice and earned $49,030 in his nine-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 and is entered as hip 834 at the April OBS Spring Two-Year-Olds in Training Sale, which starts April 16. Not bred for 2023, Vielsalm went to Nyquist for 2024. 

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