Phat Guy wins the Fred W. Hooper for teacher Kent Sweezey

Instructor Kent Sweezey despatched out his first graded stakes winner at the Pegasus International Cup undercard, saddling Marianne Stribling, Pressure 5 Racing and Two Rivers Racing Strong’s Phat Guy for a 6-1 victory within the Grade Three Fred W. Hooper Stakes on Saturday at Gulfstream Park. The 6-year-old son of Munnings, ridden through Irad Ortiz, Jr., lined a one-turn mile over the short primary observe in 1:35.95.

“Those folks had horses with me prior to someone else did,” Sweezey stated of the possession team. “If I may just win a race for anyone, it could be those guys.”

Phat Guy broke smartly and settled in mid-pack, about eight lengths off the pacesetters via fractions of :22.43 and :44.68. Ortiz saved him at the rail till mid-way in the course of the a ways flip, then angled three-wide to make his rally. Phat Guy saved grinding all of the option to the cord, defeating front-runner Zenden through three-quarters of a period. Uncommon Shape was once 3rd, and Chewing Gum completed fourth.

Sweezey, a former assistant to Jimmy Jerkens, has conditioned Phat Guy since an allowance get started at Delaware Park in August of 2019; in the past, Joe Sharp skilled the gelding for proprietor Brad Grady. Sweezey picked out the stakes-winning Phat Guy for $65,000 on the Fasig-Tipton Summer time Decided on Horses of Racing Age sale, and in his 2nd get started for brand new connections Phat Guy gained the indexed Just right Magic Mile Stakes at Monmouth Park.

2nd final out within the G3 Harlan’s Vacation, Phat Guy went one higher this time with the intention to rating within the Hooper. General, the gelding’s file stands at 7-7-1 from 26 begins for income of over $460,000.

“He is a large, heavy horse and we discovered he may just rise up to a couple coaching and racing,” Sweezey stated. “He won weight out of his final race and we labored him a pair occasions in between, which I do not need accomplished on a standard horse coming again in a month. I might normally simply give a very easy paintings or two. However we drilled him just a little. He were given drained final time and I sought after to ensure he was once have compatibility. If he is going so as to run on at the moment, he is started working for it, so I sought after to ensure I were given to the ground of him. That is a Jimmy Jerkens transfer – if you have a dust horse, you in point of fact need to breeze and crank on them. If he was once going to be move run with the ones horses, he’d higher be darn positive have compatibility.”

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