Race of the Week 2017

WinStar Farm juvenile Noble Indy could be headed for stakes company

Noble Indy wins at GP (12-3-17)
Photo: Lauren King
WinStar Farm juvenile homebred Noble Indy could be headed for stakes company following his runaway 8 ¾-length debut victory Dec. 3 at Gulfstream.
 
A bay son of Take Charge Indy by the Storm Boot mare Noble Maz, Noble Indy was in from start to finish in the seven-furlong maiden special weight, settling into a rhythm under jockey Tyler Gaffalione before opening up in the stretch to win in 1:22.15.
 
“We were hoping for a good effort. He had been training really well,” trainer Todd Pletcher said. “We’d been pointing to that race since the condition book came out. It was exciting. He’s a big good-looking colt who’s bred to run longer and for him to show good tactical speed when going seven-eighths is encouraging.”
 
Pletcher, Gulfstream’s unprecedented 14-time defending Championship Meet-leading trainer, is keeping all options open for Noble Indy’s next start. The first stakes race for 3-year-olds on dirt at Gulfstream is the $100,000 Mucho Macho Man at one mile Jan. 6.
 
“We’ll play it by ear. I wouldn’t rule out something like the Mucho Macho Man or a one-other-than [allowance]. We’ll just see how he comes out of his race,” he said. “The only thing he’s been a little bit complicated about is making sure he behaves at the gate, which we’ve been working hard on. He still needs to improve in that area.”

Source: Gulfstream Park

 

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