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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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