Ben Colebrook has been well known at
Keeneland as an assistant to trainer Christophe Clement, spending much
of the year here with Clement’s young horses and horses coming off a
layoff. Now along with handling a few horses for Clement, Colebrook is
training 22 horses of his own that are stabled at the Keeneland Training
Center on Rice Road. He recorded the first victory of his career Saturday when he sent out Mt Tronador to win the 10th race at Keeneland.
“I was pretty optimistic,” Colebrook, 35, said about winning the race
with Mt Tronador, who was his eighth starter since he saddled his first
runner at Churchill Downs in November 2012. “I thought he’d run well
because he’d run a good race at Kentucky Downs (on Sept. 25), so I
thought he’d be tight and fit for this race. He’d been training very
well, so I was cautiously optimistic.”
With James Graham aboard, Mt Tronador held off the late-charging
Mutasaawy to win the 1 1/16-mile maiden special weight race by a
half-length in 1:46.23. The Rock Hard Ten gelding races for Darrell and
Lendy Brown and English Estate.