Changing Fortunes: Breeders’ Futurity Win ‘Still Sinking In’ For Colebrook

by | 10.07.2018 | 1:23pm
Knicks Go (Paynter) wins the Claiborne Breeders' Futurity (G1) at Keeneland on 10.06.2018. Albin Jimenez up, Ben Colebrook trainer, KRA Stud Far owner.

A lot can change in the racing game in 24 hours. Nobody knows that better than trainer Ben Colebrook.

On Saturday morning, Colebrook was lamenting the troubled trip Katherine G. Ball's Limousine Liberal had the day before in his third-place finish in the Stoll Keenon Ogden Phoenix (G2) at Keeneland.

On Sunday morning, Colebrook was celebrating his first Grade 1 victory thanks to KRA Stud Farm's Knicks Go's stunning 5½-length romp in Saturday's Claiborne Breeders' Futurity (G1) at odds of 70-1.

“It is still sinking in,” said Colebrook, who went out on his own in 2012 when he started one horse. “I thought he might outrun his odds. Down the backside, I saw him flicking his ears and I thought he might get a piece of it.”

The victory earned Knicks Go a berth in the $2 million Sentient Jet Breeders' Cup Juvenile (G1) at Churchill Downs on Nov. 2.

“It is just speculation now, but I may take him over to Churchill to work because he never has been there,” Colebrook said.

Tommie Lewis and Magdalena Racing's Claiborne Breeders' Futurity runner-up, Signalman, will remain at Keeneland for the time being.

“He'll stay here at Keeneland and probably have his workouts here to prep for the Breeders' Cup,” trainer Kenny McPeek said. “Small chance he'll have one work at Churchill. It'll be a couple weeks until we think about working him, but at this point all the partners are in on entering him and running (in the Breeders' Cup).

“He came back with some scratches on his left hip from the incident (getting bumped into the rail) at the head of the stretch but it doesn't look like anything we can't handle.”

Third-place finisher Standard Deviation will remain at Keeneland, according to Whit Beckman, assistant to Chad Brown.

“It was a very workmanlike effort out of the (13) hole,” Beckman said. “He will stay here (until the Breeders' Cup) because you've got good weather and it's a good place to prepare a horse.”

Claiborne Breeders' Futurity favorite Dream Maker, who finished 12th, is unlikely to be in the Breeders' Cup Juvenile after incurring a minor injury, a small cut on athe back of a front hoof, in the race.

Trainer Mark Casse said the colt, owned by John Oxley, will not miss any training time.

“He ripped his shoe off at the start and grabbed his heel so we had no shot in the Futurity from the very beginning,” Casse said. “He nearly fell but he ended up catching his front foot with his back foot. I thought he was a Breeders' Cup horse, but obviously we can't go after yesterday. I guess now we are going to regroup and try to get ready for the Kentucky Derby (G1).”

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