American Power earns career-best BSF for Toboggan win

American Power earns career-best BSF for Toboggan win
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American Power came out of his half-length victory in Saturday’s Grade 3 Toboggan at Aqueduct in good order, trainer Rob Atras said Sunday morning.

The veteran 6-year-old son of Power Broker improved to 10-6-2 in 29 career starts and set a personal best with a 97 Beyer Speed Figure for besting Pete’s Play Call. The win marked American Power’s first stakes appearance in 16 months, dating to a fourth-place effort in the Grade 1 Vosburgh in September 2019 at Belmont.

Overall, American Power has won three in a row, posting a victory over a sloppy and sealed Belmont main track in a one-turn mile on Oct. 12 before consecutive seven-furlong triumphs at Aqueduct. 

Atras said that after finding success going longer, it’s unlikely he would cut him back to six-furlong sprints. His next target has not been selected. An ambitious potential start could be the, $300,000 Carter Handicap (G1) at seven furlongs on Wood Memorial Day on April 3, though Atras said it’s too far out to say definitively.

“I think right now, since he’s run a mile and seven-eighths twice, we’d probably not want to cut him back to six [furlongs],” Atras said. “We’re thinking seven-eighths next, but right now, we’re not sure what the next step is.”

American Power, owned by Sanford Goldfarb, Irwin Goldfarb, and the Estate of Ira Davis, is 3-for-3 since Atras removed the blinkers.

“I’ve had success with some horses taking blinkers off, and I’ve found even when they’ve had some success with them, they don’t necessarily need them,” Atras said. “As they get older and more mature and figure the game out, they don’t need them.”

Saturday marked a milestone for Atras, who earned his first career graded stakes win in his 914th career start. Atras, who saddled his first winner in 2009, entered Sunday with a career record of 196-171-140.

“Most of the people who work with me now started with me, so I’m happy for them,” Atras said.

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