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Breeders Cup 2015

Can Color of Courage Step Up in Triple Bend?

Color of Courage top story.

Trainer Paco Gonzalez hopes to be rewarded for his patience with Color of Courage in the $250,000 Triple Bend Handicap, a Grade I test at seven furlongs on Cushion Track Saturday.


The 4-year-old gelding returned from a 19-month layoff with a pair of sharp allowance victories at this meet to earn a berth in the stake against seven rivals.


“He had a chip taken out of a knee at the end of his 2-year-old season,” explained Gonzalez. “I was going to bring him back last summer at Hollywood Park, but the day he was entered - Oct. 6 - a heavy, sudden rain storm flooded a section of Cushion Track on the backstretch and the races were canceled.


“I entered him back three days later but in between he got a temperature and was scratched,” continued Gonzalez. “He got sick and I turned him out for two months at John’s farm (owner John Toffan of Bradbury).”

Color of Courage needed a lengthy period to recover but has come back like gangbusters, rallying from far back to win a 6 ½-furlong allowance race May 15 and overcoming a stumbling start to win a seven-furlong allowance race June 10 in 1:21 3/5 and earn a 101 Beyer figure.


“He grabbed a quarter in that race but it healed quickly,” said Gonzalez of the homebred by Came Home out of the Holy Bull mare Color Magic.


“He’s a bigger horse than Came Home,” said Gonzalez of his multiple stakes winner.


How will Color of Courage fare in Grade I stakes company? “We’re going to find out,” said Gonzalez.




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Color of Courage is an interesting Triple Bend contender at 6-1.

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