History was made at Remington Park on Sunday, while Gulfstream Park provided us with FIVE graded stakes races on their Saturday card. Let’s get right into our Three Stars of the Week after a fun weekend of racing:
For the first time ever, the Springboard Mile at Remington Park provided Kentucky Derby points. This year’s edition might have produced a big-time prospect, as Greyvitos romped from the far outside post to win the race while also recording a stakes record time. He sat off the speed beautifully while racing wide, then simply put them away in the stretch to win by a convincing margin. Coming into the race, his outside post position was thought to be a big challenge, and he did go wide the entire race, but that wasn’t enough to slow him down. Being based in California, it will be interesting to see where they spot him next, as trainer Bob Baffert has some colts looming large.
Greyvitos collects 10 qualifying Kentucky Derby points with his win in the $400,000 @RemingtonPark Springboard Mile for Trainer @AdamKitchingman & Triple B Farms with @EspinozasVictor aboard! pic.twitter.com/XDWSqCTB6Y
— TVG (@TVG) December 18, 2017
2. Lewis Bay
We hadn’t seen her in over a year, but she sure didn’t disappoint in her return to the track! Saturday’s Grade 3 Rampart Stakes at Gulfstream Park turned into a duel between Lewis Bay and Curlin’s Approval, and in the end, Lewis Bay came away with the victory. The one-mile distance is not even her best trip, so this could just be the beginning for her. She’ll be an interesting older mare on the east coast in 2018, and you can that bet trainer Chad Brown will spot her in big races – as long as she can stay healthy.
3. Fear the Cowboy
Fear the Cowboy rounded out a great 2017 with a win in the Grade 3 Harlan’s Holiday Stakes on Saturday at Gulfstream Park by a widening 2 3/4 lengths. He dropped all the way to the back of the pack early in the race, then came running with a big-time effort down the lane. The win gives him two Grade 3 victories this year, along with the West Virginia Governor’s Cup. He has now earned over $500,000 in his career, and he may not be done yet, as he looks to be in excellent form.