Whispering Oaks Farm’s Iron Fist tracked the pacesetter in Saturday evening’s G3 Cornhusker Handicap at Prairie Meadows, then launched clear in the lane to hold off a late run from Texas Chrome, winning by two lengths at the wire. Ridden by Ricardo Santana for trainer Steve Asmussen, the 5-year-old son of Tapit covered 1 1/8 miles in 1:47.36 on the fast main track, winning his first graded stake.
Iron Fist laid just off the pace of American Dubai through fractions of :23.49 and :47.38, with the favored Dolphus and Texas Chrome paired up behind the frontrunners. Turning for home, Iron Fist took over the lead with ease, and Santana had just enough horse left to fend off a late challenge from Texas Chrome. Iron Fist crossed the wire two lengths in front of Texas Chrome, with American Dubai fading to third. Code West was fourth.
Bred in Kentucky by Gainesway Thoroughbreds, Iron Fist was a $ 1.55 million Keeneland September Yearling sale purchase. His dam was graded stakes winner Successful Outlook, by Orientate. Though he finished third in the Del Mar Futurity in his third career start, Iron Fist did not break his maiden until his fifth career start. Owned by Regis Farms and Stonestreet Thoroughbreds, and trained by Jerry Hollendorfer, Iron Fist was sold privately after his 2015 season.
Returning nearly 10 months later in the care of Asmussen, Iron Fist began earning additional graded stakes placings and listed victories. Most recently, he captured the Maxxam Gold Cup and the Evangeline Mile. The Cornhusker brings Iron Fist’s record to 7-4-4 from 20 starts, with earnings of over $ 800,000.
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