Don't Call it a Comeback - Little Red Feather Race Recap (11.25.19)
Posted by Billy Koch on November 25, 2019
LRF continued its record setting 2019 with another fantastic weekend, highlighted by My Boy Tate's comeback victory in the $150,000 NYSSS Thunder Rumble Division (above). LRF ended the weekend with four wins in five races (and seven starters) to push yearly earnings over the $2.6M mark. The "three win Sunday" was the second time in history such a feat was accomplished.
The streak started on Friday afternoon at Del Mar when the Richie Baltas trained Velvet Queen (above) captured her second straight race. Provided with a heads up ride by Rafael Bejarano and donning the silks of partner BG Stables, Velvet Queen was making her first ever dirt start and proved best in a competitive starter allowance field (video replay). The 3yo Animal Kingdom filly is rapidly approaching the $100,000 earning mark and should step back into allowance company for her next start.
On Saturday afternoon at Aqueduct, Charlie McCoy (above) made his first start since April for trainer, breeder, and co-owner Michelle Nevin. Ridden by HOF John Velasquez, Sir Charles broke like a shot but was forced to battle between horses through fast fractions in the first condition open allowance race. By the time the field hit the top of the lane, Charlie had had enough and appeared to need the race, finishing a well-beaten fifth (video replay - click 11/23, race 7). Look for a much tighter Charlie McCoy when he returns towards the end of 2019.
Charlie McCoy's older brother, My Boy Tate (above), stole the show on Sunday with an impressive length and a quarter triumph through the slop in the $150,000 NYSSS Thunder Rumble Division at Aqueduct. Coming off a 400+ day layoff for co-owner, trainer, and breeder Michelle Nevin, My Boy Tate stalked a fast pace for Manny Franco, was bottled up between horses around the far turn, then found daylight down the lane and exploded late for the dominating win (video replay). Kudos to Michelle and her staff, who have done an incredible job with Tate. The victory was the sixth lifetime win (three stakes) in 12 lifetime starts for the NY Bred son of Boys at Toscanova, who pushed his career earnings north of $360,000.
Later on Sunday afternoon back at Del Mar, Shandling (above) made his second start a winning one in a maiden allowance race for trainer Phil D'Amato. Shandling was sent off as a heavy 3/5 favorite based on his troubled second place finish in his debut. This time around, rider Geovanni Franco didn't mess around, sending Shandling right to the lead and never looking back, ultimately proving best by a half length (video replay). The 3yo son of Distorted Humor is named after the late Garry Shandling, who many believe was the greatest comedian of our generation. Affectionately known as "The Moose" around the D'Amato barn, look for Shandling to return once Santa Anita opens the day after Christmas.
Finally, on Sunday afternoon at Del Mar, LRF sent out three runners - North County Guy, Red King, and Buckstopper Kit - to compete in a first condition allowance race at a mile and three-eighths over the Del Mar sod. North County Guy (above) never gave them a chance, wiring the field in convincing fashion for trainer Richie Baltas (video replay). Unfortunately, both Red King, who checked in third, and Buckstopper Kit, who was DQ'd from fifth to seventh, endured rough trips and never made an impact.
The final tally for the weekend... seven starts, four wins and a third with over $180,000 in earnings. Congratulations to all the #LRFNation partners!
While last weekend was a historic one for LRF, this weekend features a bevy of graded stakes action. On Saturday at Del Mar, Succeedandsurpass (IRE) (above) will take on many of the best 3yo turfers in the country in the GI $300,000 Hollywood Derby. In addition, Andesh (IRE) will battle against a full field of older turf runners in the GII $250,000 Seabiscuit Handicap while 2yo filly AG Indy makes her first start in graded stakes company in the GIII $100,000 Jimmy Durante Stakes. Wishing all of the LRF partners the very best of luck on Turf Festival weekend at Del Mar.
Finally, with Thanksgiving around the corner, we are so thankful for everyone who has made 2019 so special. From our amazing group of trainers and their staffs to our loyal group of LRF Partners, we are so grateful for all of the support.
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