Sean Avery was headed back to
Park when trainer Allen
Iwinski confirmed the 5-year-old gelding came out of his upset victory over
Trappe Shot in yesterday’s Grade 1 Alfred G. Vanderbilt Handicap in good
“He ate up everything, and his
legs were ice cold this morning,” said Iwinski via telephone.
Named for the left winger for the
New York Rangers, Sean Avery has now won four of five starts in 2011, including
a victory in the Longfellow at Monmouth Park in June. The Vanderbilt marked the
first Grade 1 score for the horse and the trainer.
“Yesterday I was so excited, I
couldn’t stop talking about everything that happened,” said Iwinski, who trains
the son of Cherokee Run for Black Swan Stable. “Today is another day. Sean came
out of the race great.”
Iwinski said he was going to
enjoy the win for a few days before he starts thinking about where the gelding
might make his next start.
“We’re just going to celebrate
for now,” said Iwinski. “I’ll wait a few days before I talk to John DeStefano of
Black Swan Stable about our options.”