The 8-year-old gelding Hogy set a pair of records in Saturday’s $ 50,000 Colonel Power Overnight Stakes; not only did the son of Offlee Wild set a new track record for 5 1/2 furlongs on the turf (1:01.56), but he also became the oldest horse to hold a track record at the Fair Grounds (at a distance currently used). Trained by Scott Becker for William Stiritz, Hogy’s win was the 16th of his 41 career starts, and brings his career earnings to just over $ 875,000.
Hogy was just off the pace headed into the first turn over the firm turf course, laying third along the inside rail behind Latent Revenge and Green Mask. Mid-way through the turn, jockey Florent Geroux angled Hogy to the outside and put him under a drive while three wide. Green Mask took the lead in the stretch, but Hogy kept on driving, taking over at the sixteenth pole and finishing strongly to win by a length. Green Mask finished second, and Grand Candy was third.
“Scott Becker put me back on the horse and it was great to ride him again,” Geroux said. “He’s not an easy horse to ride. The key with him is timing the ride and going outside because he will pull himself up. I knew there was a bit of magic left in him. I’m not surprised about the new track record.”
Bred in Kentucky by Dr. John E. Little, Hogy was a $ 17,000 short yearling at the Keeneland January sale in 2010. In 41 starts, Hogy has only been off the board 10 times. He captured the Grade 3 Hanshin Cup Stakes in 2013 for the lone graded win on his resume, but Hogy has won multiple listed stakes races and been placed in several additional graded stakes.
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