Town Cruise gets bet down and goes all the way in Woodbine Mile

Town Cruise gets bet down and goes all the way in Woodbine Mile
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Despite having never won a graded stakes, handicappers bet Town Cruise down from the co-longest price on the morning line (20-1) to the 8-1 fourth choice in Saturday's USD $783,686 Woodbine Mile.

The reason for this heavy support? What looked to be a decided pace advantage. Town Cruise proved his backers' assessment correct when he and jockey Daisue Fukumoto went straight to the lead and were never challenged to earn a berth in the $2 million Breeders' Cup Mile on Nov. 6 at Del Mar. 

The win was the first in a Grade 1 for trainer Brandon Greer, who also owns and co-bred Town Cruise, a 6-year-old gelding by Town Prize. Town Cruise paid $19.30 for his first career graded-stakes win. He was followed across the wire by Space Traveller, Raging Bull and March To The Arch. 

“It feels a little surreal at the moment, but I’m absolutely thrilled with him,” Greer said. “This horse is amazing. I absolutely love him."

Town Cruise completed one mile on firm turf in 1:35.14 following fractions of 24.08, 47.10 and 1:10.41 for three-quarters of a mile. 

“This is fantastic,” Fukumoto said. “I am still in awe, it’s an unbelievable feeling. Winning a Grade 1 is my dream, and I got a good horse this year so far. He’s been good all year so far. For me, I am just crazy happy. I had pretty good confidence. I just knew for a shot I had to take (the) front. He went good, I took the lead, and wait and wait and he finished well.”

This was just the second stakes try for Town Cruise. Last month, he was second King Edward (G2) behind Olympic Runner, who was no factor in the Woodbine Mile.

Greer said it remains to be determined if Town Cruise goes on to the Breeders' Cup Mile.

“Well, I’m going to have to ask someone very important first, the horse,” said Greer. “We’re going to take a couple of days and just take it slow, take it easy, see how everything is after the race, and then I’ll ask the horse and see what he wants to do.”

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