In Trouble Over Corfu in Futurity
September 29, 2013 10:22am
Making just his second career start, In Trouble reeled in favored front-runner Corfu with a sixteenth of a mile to run and bounded to a 2 ¼-length victory in the 123rd running of the Grade 2, $200,000 Futurity on Sunday at Belmont Park.


It was the second Futurity win for trainer Tony Dutrow, coming 13 years after Burning Roma's triumph in 2000, when the race was contested at one mile.


"Having done this a long time, I was looking forward to today," said Dutrow. "I was feeling that we have a talented horse, and I'm not surprised at what I saw. I wasn't predicting this, but I'm not surprised. He's pretty good."


Under jockey Joe Rocco, Jr., In Trouble ran six furlongs in 1:09.64 and returned $7 as the 5-2 second choice in the field of five. Favored at 9-5, Corfu was second, a length in front of Big Sugar Soda, who was followed under the line by Financial Mogul and Sound of Freedom. Wired Bryan was scratched.


Owned by Team D Stable, In Trouble was similarly professional in his 5 ½-furlong unveiling last month at Saratoga Race Course, where he rated just off the pace before getting up to win by three-quarters of a length. The second, third and fourth-place finishers in that race all came back to win their next starts.


"I'd say within a week after his [maiden] race, [we pointed for] this race," said Dutrow of In Trouble, who is based at the Fair Hill Training Center in Maryland. "It shows you a lot. This was the second race of his life and he was able to relax and give up the lead and finish up against quality horses. I think that's a big statement for him."


Breaking from post position 1, Rocco and In Trouble tracked Corfu along the inside behind a torrid quarter-mile in 22.09 seconds and a half in 44.75. Rocco then steered In Trouble outside Corfu to launch his bid, entering the stretch in a drive with 3 ½ lengths to make up and steadily advancing on the leader down the lane.


"He broke really sharp, and I'd rather be outside dictating when we can move than be inside and be under someone else who can force us," said Rocco. "It worked out when I saw I could get behind [Corfu] and get outside of him, that's when I went outside and did it. So we had options. I didn't pull him back; I just didn't ask him any more. He was very gentle to rate and did it kindly."


Todd Pletcher, who trains both Corfu and Sound of Freedom, was pleased with the way Corfu, winner of the Grade 2 Saratoga Special in August at Saratoga, rebounded from his ninth-place finish in his subsequent start, the Grade 1 Hopeful.


"He stumbled a little bit leaving there," said Pletcher. "The ground kind of broke away from him and it took him a minute to get his legs back underneath him, but he finished up pretty well. Second-best. A very solid effort. We were pleased with his try."


As the high weight of 122 pounds, Corfu gave up four pounds to In Trouble.


"The first eighth of a mile, I had to use him to clear the other horse and then I came up a little bit short down the lane," said Corfu's Hall of Fame jockey John Velazquez. "It was a very good effort, very good."




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Older Comments about In Trouble Over Corfu in Futurity...

Are you meaning Corfu? He ran fine and finished second. No obvious physical problem at all. Where are you getting the idea of exhaustion?
I would have to put myasthenia Gravis on the differential diagnosis if that were the case, one of the muscular dystrophies ....
IF any horse gets ANY manner of exhaustion, as a baby, from the practice runs of a warm up, then his health is so bad that he should not be out there to begin with...The Narrative Fallacy at is worst: making up cause and effect when there is not one!
Corfu took off when released by the outrider in post parade. Looked like he ran a couple 11.5 second furlongs. I'm not surprised he could not hang on. I still think he's a special Horse and will not be surprised if he's more popular come May '14, That is, if his Trainer (TP) does not use him up before then???

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