Coltimus Prime Ready to Take On Older Rivals

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October 16, 2014 11:15am
Coltimus Prime wins 2014 Prince of Wales.
Photo: WEG/Michael Burns

Cabernet Racing Stables’ Coltimus Prime, winner of the $500,000 Prince of Wales Stakes in July at Fort Erie, returned to Keeneland Wednesday for an expected run in the 57th running of the $200,000 Hagyard Fayette (G2) at 1 1/8 miles on the main track Oct. 25.

“We decided the first week of October to come here,” trainer Justin Nixon said of Coltimus Prime, who finished fifth in April’s Toyota Blue Grass (G1) over a Polytrack surface. In the Hagyard Fayette, Coltimus Prime will face older horses in stakes company for the first time.

“We thought we would give him one more try on dirt,” Nixon said. “He ran well in the Ontario Derby (G3 in which he finished second on the Polytrack at Woodbine) and came out of the race in good order, so we thought we would stop here and then go straight to Florida for the winter.”

Nixon is following the same schedule he did with Coltimus Prime in the spring and also before the Prince of Wales by coming in a little more than a week before the race and having a work over the track. He has slated Coltimus Prime’s work for the Hagyard Fayette for Saturday.

Coltimus Prime has raced twice on dirt with mixed results: a ninth-place finish in the Tampa Bay Derby (G2) and the victory in the Prince of Wales.

“Tampa Bay Downs is a very unique track,” Nixon said. “When I first started out at Fort Erie, I watched horses that struggled at Tampa Bay just thrive. Horses either love it or hate it at Tampa Bay.”

Since the Toyota Blue Grass, Coltimus Prime has posted two wins and two seconds plus a ninth-place finish in the $1 million Queen’s Plate.

“That race was our goal when we were here in the spring,” Nixon said. “In the Queen’s Plate, the pace was a bit quicker than we thought it would be and he was a little close to it. And the mile and a quarter may be a little bit further than he wants.”

Here the probables for the Hagyard Fayette: Call Me George, Coltimus Prime, Departing, Right to Vote and Stephanoatsee. Possible entrants are Abraham, Code West, Ground Transport, Mr. Commons. Entries will be taken Wednesday, Oct. 22.

Source: Keeneland

 

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