It may have taken him nine tries, but perseverance finally paid off for the connections of Trojan Nation as the colt notched his first career win July 31.
The victory came during the first race at Del Mar on Sunday, a maiden race for 3-year-olds and up going nine furlongs on the turf. It was the first start on the lawn for the Patrick Gallagher-trained son of Street Cry, who was a veteran of the Triple Crown trail despite never having won a race. Trojan Nation’s narrow defeat in the G1 Wood Memorial earned him a berth in the Kentucky Derby, where he finished 16th. The colt skipped the Preakness but ran in the Belmont, finishing tenth.
At Del Mar, Trojan Nation was settled in sixth early, before rallying in the stretch to win by three-quarters of a length.
“He’s always been a nice horse and it looked like he was enjoying the turf,” trainer Patrick Gallagher told the Blood-Horse. “In the back of my mind, there was always some grass pedigree with him.”
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