Iroquois winner The Tabulator on the Road to Kentucky Derby 2018

Iroquois winner The Tabulator on the Road to Kentucky Derby 2018
Photo: Jessica Morgan/Eclipse Sportswire

The 35-race “Road to the Kentucky Derby 2018” point series kicked off Saturday at Churchill Downs with Chicago-invader The Tabulator remaining perfect through three career starts by winning the $150,000 Iroquois (Grade III).
“It’s so special to get a victory with a young horse over this racetrack,” jockey Jose Valdivia Jr. said. “We still have a long way to go and The Tabulator has some maturing to come but to be in this position is a great feeling.”
Trained by Larry Rivelli, The Tabulator held off fast-closing Hollywood Star by a diminishing three-quarters of a length to earn 10 points on the “Road to the Kentucky Derby” point system that will determine the field for next year’s 144th running of the $2 million Kentucky Derby Presented by Yum! Brands (GI) on May 5, 2018 at Churchill Downs.
“You can tell he was still very green,” Valdivia said. “It was almost like he was looking up at the crowd and saw all of the fans cheering and wanted to go join them. Those are the little adjustments we’ll need to make moving forward but I wouldn’t trade this position with anyone right now. He’ll learn. The possibilities are endless when you have a colt like this because we really haven’t reached deep into the tank yet.”
The 3-year-old son of Dialed In covered the 1 1/16-mile distance in 1:45.50 and paid $10.40 to win as the 4-1 third choice.
The Iroquois also is part of the Breeders’ Cup “Win and You’re In Juvenile Division” Challenge and the win by The Tabulator earned the Kentucky-bred son of Dialed In a guaranteed spot in the starting gate for the $2 million Sentient Jet Breeders’ Cup Juvenile at Del Mar on Nov. 4.  The Tabulator’s $60,000 entry fees will be paid by Breeders’ Cup Ltd. and his connections will receive a travel stipend for his possible trip to California.

The next race on the “Road to the Kentucky Derby” is the Sept. 30 FrontRunner (GI) at Santa Anita. In the 2016 edition, Gormley stamped his name as an early Kentucky Derby favorite by winning the 1 1/16-mile contest by three lengths. The son of Malibu Moon finished ninth in Kentucky Derby 143.  

Source: Churchill Downs

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