Hardway Stables’ Speak Logistics and Run for Logistics look to return to the winner’s circle in their respective races this weekend at Calder Casino & Race Course after some rest and a move to the care of trainer Collin Maragh.
The pair of colts, who began their careers with trainer Eddie Plesa, Jr., will make just their second appearances for Maragh. The 3-year-old Run for Logistics will run in the 6-furlong allowance optional claiming race on Friday, while the 4-year-old Speak Logistics takes to the 1 1/16-mile Memorial Handicap on Saturday
“I’m expecting both horses to run good,” said Maragh. “Both races aren’t easy, but they are doing better, which is a good sign.”
Both colts ran for the first time for Maragh in April after layoffs from their last appearances with Plesa.
In his first start for Maragh, Speak Logistics finished sixth in the 1 1/16-mile Best of the Rest Stakes at Gulfstream Park on April 26, where he faced two horses entered for Saturday’s Memorial Handicap as well – DDRD Racing, Inc.’s Sr. Quisqueyano, who placed second, and Rose Family Stable’s Joshua’s Comprise, who finished third.
“That race he galloped out really strong after the wire, so that was a good encouraging sign which tells me that this time he’s going to run good,” said Maragh.
Speak Logistics had not run since an eighth-place finish in a 1 1/16-mile allowance optional claiming race at Gulfstream on February 5 in his last start for Plesa.
Run for Logistics came off of a longer layoff, crossing the wire fourth in a 6 ½-furlong allowance optional claiming race at Calder on April 20 for Maragh after not having run since September 28 in the 6-furlong Birdonthewire Stakes at Calder, where he finished third for Plesa.
“They are good horses and nice horses, but they have issues, and we have to just work with them and see the best that we can get out of them,” said Maragh of the layoffs.
Speak Logistics excelled when he was younger and has stakes success under his belt, including success at Calder. After breaking his maiden at Monmouth Park, he went straight into the 1 1/16-mile In Reality division of the Florida Stallion Stakes Series at Calder and scored his first stakes victory by 2 ¾ lengths. He closed out his 2-year-old season with a run in the 1 1/16-mile Grade I Breeders’ Cup Juvenile, where he came seventh. His stakes placings as a 3-year-old include a third-place finish in the 1 1/16-mile Grade II Fountain of Youth Stakes at Gulfstream, a second-place finish in the 1 1/8-mile Calder Derby, and a second-place finish in the 1 mile-70 yard Grade III Smarty Jones Stakes at Parx Racing.
“Back then he was a younger horse,” said Maragh. “Now he is a more mature horse, but more issues develop. Mentally he’s the same, just physically-wise he’s not the same, but he has a big heart, and he’s going to try his best to give you whatever he can.”
Run for Logistics, after breaking his maiden at Monmouth as a 2-year-old, was stakes-placed in three straight races. He finished second in the 5-furlong Tyro Stakes on the turf at Monmouth before coming third in the 6-furlong Grade III Sapling Stakes at Monmouth and third in the Birdonthewire.
While both Speak Logistics and Run for Logistics share the ‘Logistics’ in their name, they are almost direct opposites on the track, which complements their respective running distances.
“They are completely different horses,” said Maragh. “One of them is like a ruler, he’ll fight you like a boxer – that’s Run for Logistics. He’s a tough horse. On the other end, Speak Logistics is a quiet horse to work with, nice horse to be around.”
Run for Logistics, who is slated to have jockey Jesus Rios aboard, breaks from post position three in a field of seven in Friday’s seventh race, which has an approximate post time of 4 p.m. Speak Logistics is among a field of 10 entered for Saturday’s eighth race, which has an approximate post time of 4:30 p.m. He will break from post position five with jockey Pedro Monterrey, Jr. scheduled to ride.