Had it not been for a pair of late scratches, Monster Racing Stables’ The Critical Way would not have been in the gate for the five furlong turf sprint, the Marshall Jenney Handicap.
The Critical Way was purchased by Mike Recio’s Rockbridge Bloodstock at the 2016 OBS June Sales. He is now a 5-time victor of $254,143, including an additional stakes score in the Danzig Stakes in 2017. He’s among the nine blacktype runners over the past two seasons purchased by Recio.
Drawing in to the field of eleven, the 6 year-old gelded son of Tizway shot out of the gate on top, sprinted away to a clear early lead, and never looked back.
Leading every step of the way under jockey Ruben Silvera, The Critical Way flashed under the line a decisive four and a half length winner. Trained by Jose Delgado, The Critical Way posted the day’s biggest upset at odds of 11-1 and paid $25.00 to win. He ran the five-eighths on the grass in :57.21.