Live Oak Plantation’s Golden Hawk was an easy winner in Sunday’s G3 Grey Stakes at Woodbine, eased under the wire nearly five lengths in front of the field. The juvenile son of Tapit was well-handled by Patrick Husbands to lead for most of the race, stopping the clock for 1 1/16 miles over the Tapeta in 1:43.38 for trainer Mark Casse.
While Preemptive Strike was the quickest out of the gate, he was restrained back to the rear of the field while Golden Hawk was allowed to inherit the lead. Husbands kept the colt steady through early fractions of :24.51 and :48.51 while about a length in front of Han Sense. Night Watchman moved up into second down the backstretch, and was joined by King and His Court three-wide around the far turn.
Golden Hawk still held a one-length lead at the head of the lane, and Husbands had yet to ask him to run. When the rider asked the question, the colt jumped away from the field convincingly, and was geared down in the final sixteenth to win easily by about five lengths. Han Sense kept on to be second along the rail, with King and His Court finishing third.
Bred in Kentucky out of a daughter of Gone West, Golden Hawk broke his maiden at first asking at Woodbine. Now his record stands at two wins from two starts, with earnings of over $ 110,000.
New to the Paulick Report? Click here to sign up for our daily email newsletter to keep up on this and other stories happening in the Thoroughbred industry.
Copyright © 2016 Paulick Report.