Glen Hill Farm homebred Caribou Club managed to hold on by a head over Frontier Market in Saturday's Grade 3 Baltimore-Washington International Turf Cup, winning his third race of the season at odds of 7-2. The 5-year-old gelding by City Zip, ridden by Feargal Lynch and conditioned by Tom Proctor, set a new track record in completing a mile over Laurel's firm turf in 1:33.35.
“There was a lot of speed in the race with the Jason Servis horse [Macagone] in it. He set a very fast track record last time out at Saratoga so there was going to be a lot of speed in there with the outside horse coming back, as well, Glorious Empire. We just decided to take our time,” Lynch said. “He's a nice horse and he's got a good turn of foot. He's very adaptable. He won going 6 ½ downhill at Santa Anita and he won a mile going around here. He's a cool little horse.”
Caribou Club was near the rear of the field in the early going as Macagone strode out to a two-length lead, setting early fractions of :23.57 and :46.39. Making his comeback after eight months away from the races, Grade 1 winner Glorious Empire was keen to prompt the pace from second down the backstretch.
Glorious Empire ranged up alongside the leader in the far turn, and briefly held the lead at the top of the stretch. Lynch had taken Caribou Club a bit wide to maintain his momentum, and the chestnut bounded on by the competition to hold a 1 1/2-length advantage at the sixteenth pole. Frontier Market was moving best of all late, but Caribou Club won by a head on the wire. Frontier Market finished second, while Cullum Road was third. Just Howard finished fourth.
Bred in Florida by his owner, Caribou Club is a fifth generation homebred out of the multiple graded stakes-winning Broken Vow mare Broken Dreams. The gelding broken his maiden in the Laurel Futurity in his third career start, and won his second stakes race in his first start as a 4-year-old. Now a five-time graded stakes winner, Caribou Club has a total record of nine wins from 21 starts for earnings of over $650,000.
“He loves it here. I think he broke his maiden here and won his first stake here. He's a cool horse. He'd been doing well in California,” Lynch said. “He went to Dubai this year and Dubai is a tough place to go. It's a straight five furlongs and they don't get a chance to get a breather; they jump and go.”
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