In a 'perfect situation,' Patterson wins record 16 straight races

July 19, 2019 01:50pm

Kevin Patterson says that due to superstition, he didn’t want anyone telling him about the winning streak he’s on this summer.

“I had people saying, ‘You know you’ve won like…’ and I was like, ‘Ah, I don’t want to hear it,’” the trainer said. “I wasn’t paying attention to it.

“I didn’t know up until the 13th
 one. … Actually, it was (Robert) Cole, my owner, who called and said, ‘You’ve got 13 of them.’ I was like, ‘Oh, Robert.’ And it had to be on the 13th one too when he let me know.”

That bit of bad luck didn't stop a run that has extended to saddling 16 straight winners. The streak began May 31 with Wolfblade in a $15,500 claiming race at Charles Town through Sunday with Call Me Cowboy’s victory in an $11,400 claiming event at Mountaineer.

This is believed to be a national record, eclipsing 14 straight victories by Canadian Frank Passero in 1996 at Gulfstream Park. According to Associated Press reports from the time, at least four other streaks of nine straight wins have been recorded in the United States.

“It was a year or so ago I won (six) in a row but nothing close to this,” Patterson said. “This is the first time it’s ever gone like this.”

Patterson owns a farm in Chambersburg, Pa., with stalls for 24 horses, and keeps an average of 16. The farm includes a 5/8-mile track and other training facilities.

With his farm in Pennsylvania, Patterson is within driving distance of several Mid-Atlantic tracks. He’s recorded starts this year at Charles Town, Laurel Park, Mountaineer, Parx Racing and Penn National.

“It’s a perfect situation," he said. 
“Then I don’t listen to the track tell me where I’ve got to run, you know what I mean? I can go wherever I want to.”

Patterson said he’s had horses “for probably 30 years” but has stepped up his training operations this decade since retiring from the home-building industry.

“I do it for fun,” Patterson said.

The trainer’s high-water earnings mark came in 2014, when his starters earned $879,936. 
This year, Patterson has saddled 78 starters, who’ve earned 33 victories and $446,368.

Of Patterson’s 16 straight victories, 11 have come at Charles Town and five at Mountaineer. The streak has included wins in seven claiming races, five allowance optional claiming events, three allowance races and one starter optional claiming event.

Patterson has saddled the post-time favorite in 14 of his 16 straight wins. None of his winners have gone off at odds longer than 5-2.

“It wasn’t like we were dropping all these horses (in class),” Patterson said. “A lot of these horses were cheaper horses that were on the raise. That made it even better.”

Patterson doesn’t have any entries listed for the next few days, though he’s looking toward stakes races Aug. 3 at Mountaineer on the West Virginia Derby (G3) card.

The 5-year-old gelding Fort Fortitude came to Patterson off an allowance optional claiming fourth-place finish June 13 at Churchill Downs.

Fort Fortitude is targeting a 4 1/2-furlong sprint Patterson has won three years in a row, the $75,000 West Virginia Legislature Chairman’s Cup Stakes.

Patterson acquired 4-year-old colt Sparticle off an allowance optional claiming win June 11 at Parx. That one is nominated for the $75,000 Senator Robert C. Byrd Memorial Stakes, a six-furlong feature.


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