OKLAHOMA CITY – Cool Arrow was saddled with the outside post position in a field of 12 for Sunday’s $300,000 Springboard Mile at Remington Park. Jockey Luis Saez hustled him away from the starting gate and fired the colt to the lead, one he would never relinquish.
Cool Arrow won the top 2-year-old race of the season by 3-1/2 lengths, gaining the front and then setting such soft fractions that made it extremely difficult to run him down.
“He had a good break and had a comfortable lead,” Saez confirmed. “When he came to the stretch he took off. He moved very easy. When I felt some pressure at about a half-mile, I let him go a little bit and he took off.”
Owned by Brad Grady of Covington, Texas and trained by Joe Sharp, Cool Arrow managed an opening quarter-mile in :24.68 seconds, a half-mile in :49.79, three-quarters of a mile in 1:14.54 and then crossed the finish in 1:38.72 over the fast track. A 2-year-old Kentucky-bred colt, Cool Arrow adds the Springboard Mile to his previous score this season in the $75,000 Kip Deville Stakes.
“The Kip Deville was the first step in the right direction for him,” Sharp noted. “The patience has paid off from Brad (Grady, owner) and the crew. We are grateful of Luis to get him there. He did a great job to get a good position early and make the best out of a bad post position. Good horses will overcome that stuff.”
Cool Arrow was well clear of his rivals early in the stretch and was able to easily stay away from any that would rally. Totality moved up the rail to finish second while U S Officer was another head behind for third.
The wagering favorite at 8-5 odds, Cool Arrow paid $5.20 to win, $3.40 to place and $3.40 to show. Totality returned $5.20 to place and $4.40 to show. U S Officer paid $7.20 to show.
Cool Arrow is a colt by Into Mischief from the Mr Purple mare Phoenicia and was bred in Kentucky by Allen Poindexter. The Springboard Mile is his third win from six starts, and second victory at Remington Park. The winners’ share of $180,000 moves his overall earnings to $282,835. His triumph gives all of his connections their first win in the Springboard Mile.
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