Originally published by Maryland Jockey Club - Oct. 23, 2021
Corrales Racing LLC’s Air Token, claimed more than a year ago by trainer Jose Corrales for $10,000, led every step of the way to win Saturday’s $100,000 Maryland Million Sprint by 2 ¼ lengths over a late-closing Double Crown. Valued Notion was third.
Air Token, second earlier in the year in the Ben’s Cat and fifth in the Bert Allen, raced second behind the longshot Valued Notion under jockey J.D. Acosta. After Valued Notion set fractions of :22.35 and :44.93, Air Token took over down the stretch before covering the six furlongs in 1:09.63. Corrales couldn’t ask for a better trip.
“He doesn’t like to be in front,” he said. “He likes to sit behind horses and make the right move.”
“He’s always a good breaker from the gate,” Acosta said. “I didn’t want to put him on the lead, because he likes to chase horses. I knew there was a lot of speed and you saw how fast they went. The only thing with this horse is, when he starts to make a move he likes to lay into horses. I got beat one time at Pimlico because he was lugging in. When he switched leads I had to make sure that I kept him away from other horses. As soon as we turned for home, he was really aggressive down the stretch.”