Ticker
  • Amis Gizmo romps home in the Prince of Wales at Fort Erie.Posted 12 hours ago
  • Long On Value (7-2) cuts back and rolls in the Lucky Coin Stakes.Posted 1 day ago
  • Songbird repels the challenge of Carina Mia, and romps home in the CCA Oaks.Posted 2 days ago
  • Up With the Birds swings to victory in Woodbine's Nijinsky Stakes.Posted 2 days ago
  • Tin Type Gal rides the rail to victory in Monmouth's Boiling Springs.Posted 2 days ago
  • California Chrome edges Dortmund in a San Diego Handicap showdown.Posted 3 days ago
  • Mokat (7-1) turns the San Clemente into a one-filly show.Posted 3 days ago
  • Dacita just gets up in the Grade 1 Diana in a four-horse photo.Posted 3 days ago
  • Front Pocket Money grinds to victory in the Grade 3 Jersey Shore.Posted 3 days ago
  • Hit It Once More romps home a big winner of the New York Derby.Posted 3 days ago

New York Watch: J C's Pride

J C's Pride sets track record at Saratoga (7-27-11).
Photo: NYRA, Adam Coglianese
J C’s Pride, second to eventual Sanford winner Overdriven in his debut, set a track record for five furlongs in his second start when he broke his maiden on Wednesday at Saratoga Race Course.

 

With the victory, J C’s Pride joins the New York Watch, which shines the spotlight on up-and-coming horses who cleared the maiden ranks at Aqueduct Racetrack, Belmont Park, and Saratoga Race Course.

 

In his first race, a five-furlong dash at Belmont Park on July 1, J C’s Pride opened a clear lead but could not hold off a challenge from Overdriven, who returned to take Sunday’s Grade 2 Sanford by four lengths.

 

Yesterday, J C’s Pride grabbed the early advantage under Jose Lezcano and never looked back, rattling off fractions of 21.87 and 44.65 and finding the finish line 3 ¼ lengths to the good of Mr. Style.

 

The final time of 56.54 improved the previous track record, set on August 18, 1993 by Fabulous Force, by 0.17 seconds. J C’s Pride received a Beyer Speed Figure of 101, currently the highest among all 2-year-olds so far in 2011.

 

“Today was beautiful,” said trainer Bobby Barbara. “It was as good as it could get. He did it easy. He did it the right way today. He [Jose Lezcano] said if he bore down on him at the eighth pole, he would have went in :55. I’m glad he didn’t.”

 

Barbara was quick to credit J C’s Pride, owned by Joseph Bucci, for his professionalism.

 

“He’s a sweetheart – he’s like an old horse,” said Barbara. “He does everything so right. He handles himself with a lot of class. He doesn’t care about anything. What I appreciated so much from his last race to this race is he has gained weight and is growing. I think he might be special. It looked like he could keep going. Jose said he galloped out big.”

 

J C’s Pride is a son of Henny Hughes, who as a 2-year-old won the 2007 Tremont and Grade 2 Saratoga Special and finished second in the Grade 1 Hopeful, Grade 1 Champagne, and Grade 1 Breeders’ Cup Juvenile. Kept in sprints in his 3-year-old season, he added a pair of Grade 1 wins in the King’s Bishop and Vosburgh.

 

Hi Lili, J C’s Pride’s dam, is a winning daughter of the 1997 Cotillion winner Snit, who has produced three horses with black type, including 2009 Grade 3 Virginia Oaks heroine Blind Date.

 

J C’s Pride passed through the auction ring three times prior to his racing career, fetching $190,000 as a weanling at the 2007 Keeneland November Sale, selling for $90,000 the following September at Keeneland as a yearling, and being purchased by Bucci for $200,000 at this year’s Fasig-Tipton Midlantic Two-Year-Olds In Training sale at Timonium.


Photo courtesy of NYRA (Adam Coglianese).

 

 

comments powered by Disqus

Related Pages

Related Stories

Top Stories