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As a son of Boulevard Boss, Gold Boulevard would possibly not relish the entire Kentucky Derby’s 1 1/four miles. However on Friday, he simplest had to go an preliminary two-turn take a look at, and the colt did when taking them the entire technique to the primary end line at Oaklawn Park within the $150,000 Smarty Jones Stakes.
Chopping fractions of 24.08 seconds for the quarter mile and 48.96 for the part, the Steve Asmussen trainee carried a duration lead into the some distance flip and had two up on his closest festival spinning off for a brief stretch run.
In proprietor Mike McCarty’s colours, Gold Boulevard bumped into ultimate prerequisites each in relation to monitor configuration and floor. He made this his 3rd immediately win over an off monitor, finishing the mile in 1:39.62 for a 10-1 disenchanted over “muddy” dust.
“He cannot make it rain, however he does benefit from it when it occurs,” Asmussen stated.
Prior to now, Gold Boulevard broke his maiden by way of seven lengths within the Churchill Downs slop, then prevailed once more when moved as much as stakes corporate in Truthful Grounds’ Dec. 21 Sugar Bowl.
Some other Gold Boulevard victory over rainy going got here on the expense of well-backed 3 Methodology, wager right down to 2-1 co-favoritism. From the out of doors publish in a box of 9, he ranged up widest of all the way through the total flip and ran a excellent 2nd, having a look like a key participant in Oaklawn’s long run preps.
Asmussen stuffed out the 3rd (Shoplifted) and fourth (Silver Prospector) spots with a couple of ultimate out stakes winners at the Derby path. They exited victories in Churchill’s Kentucky Jockey Membership (G2) and the Remington Springboard Mile, respectively.
“Very lucky to have 4 stakes winners going into the race,” stated Asmussen, who additionally despatched out Jungle Runner within the box of 9. “I believe that the best way the racetrack’s taking part in nowadays — speed-favoring — and Gold Boulevard simply had essentially the most pace nowadays.
“Clearly we nonetheless have very prime hopes for a number of of them, and it does exchange significantly when the races pass farther.”
Gold Boulevard earned 10 Derby qualifying issues for his victory. The Smarty Jones precedes Oaklawn’s Feb. 17 Southwest Stakes (G3), March 14 Rebellion Stakes (G2) and April 11 Arkansas Derby (G1) on find out how to Churchill Downs.
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