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The Lumber Guy delivers the Wood

When I saw the name The Lumber Guy on the entries for Laurel Park’s Miracle Wood Stakes, I could not help but smile. The connection of the name to the race notwithstanding, an even bigger smile came after the race.
 
The Lumber Guy was well received by a Maryland crowd after a huge debut performance in which the wood loving son of Grand Slam romped home in a statebred maiden race at Aqueduct by a seemingly effortless 9 ¼ length margin last month, in which he earned a Beyer Speed Figure of 90 for the six furlongs in 1:10.20. It’s not often you seem that type of figure given out in a New York bred maiden race. Trained by Michael Hushion for owner and breeder Barry Schwartz, the gray colt was sent off as the 2-5 betting choice in yesterday’s $100,000 feature, and would take no time at all in displaying his superiority over the rest of the field. 
 
Bobbling just a bit at the start, the big favorite quickly shot out to a commanding lead after a first quarter in :22 4/5. He was then asked to relax by rider Julian Pimentel, while the rest of the field inched closer heading into the far turn. From there, The Lumber Guy definitively responded to feeling another horse within breathing distance. Like a bullet, he was gone again, cruising to a very easy 4 ¼ length score. Final time for the seven panels was a sharp 1:23.22 over the fast track.
 
 
 
“He did that very easily. It was impressive,” remarked the winning rider after the race.
 
Impressive indeed, just as he had done in his debut score in New York. Good things were expected for The Lumber Guy from the beginning, and after just two starts it appears he may be primed to exceed those expectations. Out of the unraced Unbridled’s Song mare, Boltono, the undefeated three-year-old counts two older brothers as stakes winners, including the four-year-old, Bold Deed. Those stakes wins came against fellow New York breds, though, something that The Lumber Guy has already been able to better in only his second start.
 
Despite the abundance of early speed he has flashed in his first two starts; don’t stereotype this one as a sprinter just yet. Hushion, his experienced conditioner, has confidence that The Lumber Guy will be able to go longer without too much trouble. If he’s right, this becomes a colt that must be considered a contender for the Kentucky Derby. And let’s see, he’s based in New York, and would be looking for a race to test two-turns in his next start. Miracle Wood down … Wood Memorial next? Don't be surprised if it is Wood to Wood for this Lumber Guy.

Photo courtesy of  Jim McCue, Maryland Jockey Club

 

What the Nation is saying about The Lumber Guy delivers the Wood...

LOL, more like a 7-wood. He'll need the heavy lumber come April and beyond.
Brian, you're the golfer. Was this win a three wood? More distance bring out the lumber for the one wood?
Saw that race will def watch this guy
been following him since his first race last month. what a cool horse!

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Meet Brian Zipse 

Brian has been a passionate fan of horse racing since birth. Taken to the races at a very young age, he has been lucky enough to see all the greats in person from Secretariat and Ruffian through Rachel Alexandra and Zenyatta. 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. 
  
As Managing Editor of Horse Racing Nation, Brian authors a daily column as Zipse at the Track, or ZATT for short, and adds his editorial flare to the overall content of the website. Brian also serves on the the Board of Directors of ReRun Thoroughbred Adoption and is a Vox Populi committee member. 
  
A graduate of DePaul University, Brian lives in Suburban Chicago with his wife Candice and daughter Kendra, where he is a professional golf instructor when he is not following the horses.  



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