Colonels dark temper finally made justice to its potential
After a couple of standard performances, Colonel’s dark temper made an excellent turnaround when he trumped the Grade 3 West Virginia Derby winning $750,000 at Mountaineer Casino Racetrack and Resort. Son of Colonel John edged past a field of ten this Saturday and found their way back to the winner’s circle after two consecutive second place finishes. The 3-year old colt clocked the finishing line at 1:50.68 and is trained by Jinks Fires. Rider Jon Court clipped Game over (4-1) and Looking at Lee 4 to 1, including post-time favourite patch (2-1).
Court while discussing his game plan revealed that along with the trainer both decided that the rider should play out the race directed by his own will. Other riders rated them off helping Court to take a healthy lead, and when it was his turn to head home he created enough cushion to refrain from any stifling play at the end. Formula 1 racer A.J. Foyt Jr, who owns the colt says that he had indomitable faith on colonels dark temper, and knew he had enough to be the best in the business.
American Gal breezes past the Grade 1 test by quite some margin
Hotshot American Gal had another merry time after sealing the first spot at Grade 1 Longines Test Stakes, and helping her owner Kaleem Shah to a whopping $500,000. American Gal also won the Grade 3 Victory Ride at Belmont Park and looks in her prime already. This was her second start outside California base and trainer Simon Callaghan left no stone unturned when she paired her with Jose Ortiz, who boasts of excellent track record.
Participated by 3-year old fillies in a seven-furlong race, American Gal looked a cut above other nine and showed humongous potential. Initially, it was Chalon and Vertical Oak took the centre stage and was closely followed by Faypien while American Gal looked a little leggy starting from the outside post. Chalon had an excellent first turn, and the order remained same until American Gal made light work of the others with a brilliant four wide bid turning for home. Callaghan seemed extremely pleased with the agility and acceleration showed by Gal during the latter half of the contest.
Tequilita back on track after a six-month absence
Owned and bred by Dorothy Matz, Tequilita will be up and running against nine other 3-year old fillies after her dismal run at Grade 1 Kentucky Oaks where she finished seventh. Post-June, Tequilita has been trained with utmost care and will look to get back in form, although Matz expects her to take time, and get back in winning terms. Tequilita is a Grade-2 winner and looks fit enough after a virus had hindered her growth.