Brad and Misty Grady’s juvenile colt Cool Arrow was the favorite when the gates opened for Remington Park’s $ 300,000 Springboard Mile on Sunday night, and the son of Into Mischief delivered on that promise for trainer Joe Sharp and jockey Luis Saez. Alone on the lead with easy early fractions, Cool Arrow burst away from his challengers in the stretch to complete the one-mile course over the fast track in 1:38.72.
Historically, the Springboard Mile has been a race that propels horses forward in their careers. Last year’s first and second-place finishers both ended up on the Kentucky Derby trail, and the runner-up Suddenbreakingnews ran fifth on the first Saturday in May.
This year, Cool Arrow drew the far outside post in the 12-horse field, forcing Saez to use a good bit of speed to get the colt in front early. U S Officer broke well from the middle of the field, so Cool Arrow had to out-sprint that rival in the short run to the first turn. Accomplishing that, Saez guided Cool Arrow over to the rail and took up a one-length lead over the field. US Officer was alongside Prados Way in second, with Raising Rumors tracking from fourth.
Down the backstretch, Cool Arrow recorded fractions of :24.68 and :49.79. Hallelujah Hit made an early move up the inside to be fourth mid-race while U S Officer took a breather. Through the far turn, Cool Arrow extended his lead to two lengths as U S Officer re-rallied up the rail to take up second position once again. Hallelujah Hit was making a game bid from the center of the pack while a five-wide Rowdy the Warrior made a huge move toward the top of the lane.
Cool Arrow was never seriously threatened in the stretch, though he did seem to shorten stride a bit late; he crossed the wire about 2 1/2 lengths in front. Totality made a big run up the rail to finish second, just in front of U S Officer in third. Rowdy the Warrior was unable to sustain his momentum, hanging down the stretch and settling for fourth.
Bred in Kentucky by H. Allen Poindexter, Cool Arrow was a $ 120,000 yearling purchase at the Fasig-Tipton Saratoga Select Sale. It took the colt three starts to break his maiden, having dropped to the maiden claiming ranks to do so at Laurel Park, but he immediately rebounded with a win in the listed Kip Deville Stakes at Remington Park. Most recently, he finished second in the Spendthrift Stallion Stakes at Churchill Downs. Overall, Cool Arrow boasts a record of three wins and two seconds from six starts, with earnings of $ 280,000.
Watch the race replay here:
Cool Arrow and Luis Saez wire the field in the Remington Springboard Mile!!! pic.twitter.com/22TJiRyaqB
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