Fast boat speeds for Troy’s victory over Carotari
Brad grady Fast boat is indeed just that — fast.
The grass sprinter presented another eye-catching and late display on August 6 in the $ 200.00 Troy Stakes presented by Horse Racing Ireland (G3T) at Saratoga Racecourse, fly late to catch the longshot Carotari with 5 1/2 stages in 1: 01.24. Le Troy scored their third Stakes victory in 2021 after previous triumphs in the Twin Spiers Turf Sprint Stakes presented by Sysco (G2T) at Churchill Downs and the Pulse Power Turf Sprint Stakes at Sam Houston Race Park.
As in these two races, he unleashed a surge in the second half of the race to win. Sixth out of nine at the start of the Troy, as Caratori took the lead with fractions of: 21.74 and: 44.15 on the firm course, the Fast Boat formed by Joe Sharp found another speed behind, eliminating the opponents under Tyler Gaffalione and scoring half-length.
“During the stretch run I was jumping off the ground. I got a little taller inside the eighth post,” said Sharp.
Gaffalione rode the winner of the Troy for the third year in a row.
“I just let him do his thing. I didn’t want to get in his way and when I briefed him he really finished his job,” said the jockey.
Caratori hung on for the second, a length ahead Jockey Equipment third. Favorites, 5-2 Printed and 2-1 On the way to nowhere , ran fourth and fifth respectively.
Casa Credo , who beat Fast Boat and others on a wet turf course in the Jackpocket Jaipur Stakes (G1T) on June 5, was scratch on race day with two other riders. According to the track’s racing office, Casa Creed is expected to compete in the $ 500,000 Fourstardave Handicap (G1T) by covering a mile in Saratoga on August 14.
Claimed by trainer Joe Sharp for Grady for $ 40,000 in October 2018 at Belmont, Fast Boat took home $ 193,105 in 2019 and $ 90,504 in 2020 before having his best season in 2021. This year he won three of the five starts and $ 324,100.
“We won this race with a horse called Shore runner years ago (2015) for the same connections, ”Sharp recalled. “We lost Shore Runner in a racing accident in the pre-Breeders’ Cup race (in the Woodford Stakes presented by Keeneland Select, G3) at Keeneland and it was a very emotional time for all of us. To come back and win this race this year for the same owner and with a different horse which is just as important to us is very special. “
Bred in Kentucky by RS Evans, Fast Boat was the first foal produced from the winner Lemon Drop Kid Mare Yellow boat . She has since produced three winners out of four starters and has an unreleased 2-year-old. Quality road named foal Glider and an unnamed one year old foal by Tonalist .
Fast Boat ($ 23.80) first raced for his breeder before being claimed by his current connections.
Art collector wins Alydar Stakes in Saratoga
A race before the Troy Friday, the homebred of Bruce Lunsford Art collector scored his first victory since last summer when he won the 120,000 Alydar Stakes by 1 1/2 lengths over Night operations . Math Assistant was third.
Art collector , a son of Bernardini who won the Toyota Blue Grass Stakes (G2) and Runhappy Ellis Park Derby last year for former coach Tommy Drury, joined the Hall of Famer barn Bill Mott this summer. The 4-year-old ran 1 1/8 miles under Luis Saez on a fast track in 1: 48.20, paying $ 5.60.