Being not able to wait the primary graded-stakes win by way of considered one of his personal horses in additional than 4 years did not make the accomplishment any much less thrilling for instructor John Terranova.
Terranova and his spouse and assistant, Tonja, have been about 900 miles clear of Laurel Park in Wisconsin, visiting their eldest daughter, Paulina, a faculty freshman, as Killybegs Captain captured the $250,000 Xpressbet Frank J. De Francis Memorial Sprint (G3) in considered one of its quickest editions ever.
It was once the primary profession graded rating for Killybegs Captain, who were Grade 1 and Grade 2-placed this summer time and dissatisfied Imperial Trace to win the Pelican Stakes at Tampa Bay Downs over the iciness. It was once Terranova’s first since El Kabeir swept the Jerome and Gotham respectively in January and March of 2015.
“We could not be there however we have been in a position to observe it. We have been extremely joyful to win,” Terranova stated. “I am satisfied it labored out and we have been in a position to send down. Everyone did an excellent task, and he was once doing truly smartly.”
Lengthy-time buddies with Corridor of Reputation instructor Bob Baffert relationship again to time spent in California, the Terranovas have made their New York-based solid a house clear of house for such horses as Triple Crown champions American Pharoah and Justify.
Killybegs Captain, in the meantime, had infrequently ventured out of doors of New York, making 19 of his 24 begins within the Empire State together with a 3rd in each the John A. Nerud (G2) July 6 at Belmont and Forego (G1) Aug. 24 at Saratoga.
“We took on Grade 1 horses up in Saratoga in his earlier get started, and we have been on the lookout for a place that possibly he’d have a little bit bit higher shot of profitable,” Terranova stated. “He at all times turns out to turn up. He is been truly constant this yr and held his shape, and simply gotten to another stage.”
Within the De Francis, Killybegs Captain was once unhurried early however moved into competition at the flip, took command on the 8th pole and drew off to win by way of three-quarters of a period in 1:08.10 for 6 furlongs – the quickest De Francis since Richter Scale set the monitor document of one:07.95 profitable the race in 2000.
“He is absolute best. He is really easy and flexible. He is were given velocity, however he can sit down backtrack horses and end, no matter it takes. Within or out of doors, he is been beautiful flexible in that approach. He is only a a laugh horse to have, and we really feel lucky that we’ve got him and that he is wholesome,” Terranova stated. “He appears nice. He got here out of the race truly smartly, glad, wholesome sound, and already again to the monitor and feeling just right.”
Killybegs Captain is prone to keep in New York for his subsequent get started, perhaps within the seven-furlong Daring Ruler (G3) Oct. 26 at Belmont.
“We will most certainly check out it,” Terranova stated. “It is roughly unsure. We will get on a pair weeks from now and determine what he tells us. Logically, that may be the spot.”
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