Owned and trained by Wesley Ward, Bound for Nowhere got going in the stretch to dominate Saturday's Grade 2 Shakertown Stakes at Keeneland. Off at 8-1, the 4-year-old son of The Factor crossed under the wire an open-length winner over 7-1 Bucchero, while 7-5 favorite Disco Partner finished third after being far back early. Julio Garcia road Bound For Nowhere to his first graded stakes win, completing 5 1/2 furlongs over the soft turf course in 1:03.77.
“He's a wonderful colt,” Ward said. “I'm blessed to have him. I saw him when he was young, fell in love with him and bought him. I'm so happy everything is coming together. Hopefully, we have a big year.
“There's nothing like winning at Keeneland. It's my favorite track in the world. If you're going to win here, you better have a good horse. Hopefully today, this guy showed he is, and we'll go back to England to represent Keeneland and the United States if he comes out of this good and sound, and hopefully get lucky.”
Latent Revenge got a huge jump on the rest of the field out of the starting gate, taking a one-length lead in the first sixteenth of a mile. He led Bound For Nowhere and Loose on the Town through a first quarter in :21.82, while Bucchero kept close tabs from about fifth alongside Will Call. Garcia turned Bound for Nowhere loose rounding the far turn, and he responded brilliantly to take the lead at the quarter pole.
Bound For Nowhere continued to draw away from his rivals down the lane, crossing the wire nearly five lengths in front. Bucchero was a clear, grinding second over the favorite Disco Partner, and Commute finished fourth.
Bred in Kentucky by Wayne Lyster, Gray Lyster & Bryan Lyster, Bound for Nowhere was a $310,000 Keeneland September yearling sale purchase. He won his first two starts in the United States as a 3-year-old, then finished fourth in a very competitive Group 1 Commonwealth Cup at Royal Ascot. Bound for Nowhere prepped for the Shakertown win an allowance win at Turfway Park in March, and scored his first graded stakes win with the victory. Overall, he has won four of his six starts to earn just over $200,000.
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