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Zipse At The Track

More to this story than Fury Kapcori beaten again

Fury Kapcori CCF 615 X 400
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Last October the 6th, a promising young colt won nicely in his first try around two-turns in the Charlie Palmer Futurity at the Big Fresno Fair. Granted Fresno is not exactly a hotbed for future stars, but Fury Kapcori seemed far different than your typical runner on the California Fair circuit. The Charlie Palmer win followed a six-length wire-to-wire maiden victory at Golden Gate Fields, for the $100,000 Keeneland yearling purchase, in his second career start. As a son of two-time Breeders’ Cup Classic winner, Tiznow, out of a broodmare by Kentucky Derby winning, Go For Gin, it certainly appeared that Fury Kapcori had a bright future. Nearly a year later, and after a loss yesterday at Del Mar, he has not won again since. That, of course, is only a small and incomplete part of this story.

When lightly-raced, but clearly talented, Holy Lute got to the wire a head in front of Fury Kapcori to win yesterday’s El Cajon Stakes, it marked the fourth consecutive loss for the 6-5 favorite. Yet still, I find myself as confident as ever  that the Charlie Palmer Futurity winner is going to be a good one. A quick rewind to last fall helps explain why.

Leaving the corn dogs and cotton candy of the Big Fresno Fair, trainer Jerry Hollendorfer brought his young charge straight to the glitz and glamour of Hollywood. Not for the swimming pools and movie stars, but rather for a pair of important late-season juvenile races. In his first try in the big time, Fury Kapcori looked like a horse with still plenty to learn. Giving jockey Joe Talamo all he wanted, the 9-2 Real Quiet Stakes runner dragged the jockey into a speed duel after being steadied early. He had every right to back out, but a game, half-length, second place finish demonstrated instead that the Fresno stakes winner could run.

Next came the Grade 1 CashCall Futurity. Again battling it out early, and this time through fractions too fast for his own good, the 16-1 long shot never gave in. Finally wore down by the very talented Violence, Fury Kapcori proved much the best of the rest of the 11-horse field. His talent, tenacity, and my belief that he wanted to run long, earned him a lofty position on my winterbook Kentucky Derby rankings.

That dream was not to be, as injury would knock him of the trail. Fury Kapcori would make his awaited return to the races in a six-furlong sprint at Del Mar on August 1. The race was truly only a tightener, and a troubled trip did not help the matter. Beaten less than four lengths in the race against olders that went in a snappy 1:09 flat, the promising bay owned by Rick Awtrey, George Todaro,  and Jerry Hollendorfer, should have been ready for his second start of the year in the El Cajon. He was.

Pushed out on both turns, and while he is demonstrating the ability to be a bit more relaxed early this year, he was still a little too close to a strong early pace, Fury Kapcori looked to be the best horse yesterday. No offense to the winner, who also looks to have a bright future, but Holy Lute jumped him on the turn, before seeing his sudden lead steadily diminish late. Graded stakes winner, Tiz a Minister, was a non-threatening third.

So, while the record may read 0-for-4 since last year’s Charlie Palmer Futurity, I love what I see from Fury Kapcori. This is a colt I expect to become a major winner, and one in which, I can’t wait to see run long. 

 

 

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As a contrarian when it comes to short priced favorties at 6-5 I will let you have him. Hopefully he continues his comeback and get into the winner circle soon.
I expect Fury to kick ass next time. Not that they didn't send him out there to win his last two, but I'm sure he's on to bigger things. Starting slow in a sprint in his first race back doesn't help and can't say Fury didn't run great yesterday. No worries.
I agree! He will be there and I think he does need to run long! Fury Kapcori is trier and he never quits!Can't wait to see him Win..God Bless.

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Brian has been a passionate fan of horse racing his entire life. Taken to the races at a very young age, he has been lucky enough to see all the greats in person from Secretariat, Forego, and Ruffian through Rachel Alexandra, Zenyatta, and American Pharoah. Before coming to the Nation, Brian displayed his love for the sport through the development of his horse racing website, which quickly became one of the most popular blogs in the game. 

  
The Editor of Horse Racing Nation from 2010-2017, Brian authored a daily column as Zipse at the Track, or ZATT for short, and added his editorial flare to the overall content of the website. Now a Senior Writer for HRN, Brian continues to contribute his thoughts on racing, as well as co-hosting the popular racing show, HorseCenter. A big supporter of thoroughbred aftercare, he serves as the President of The Exceller Fund.


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A horse owner and graduate of DePaul University, Brian lives just outside of Louisville with his wife Candice and daughter Kendra.

  



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