Hogy Rallies Late To Win The G3 Kentucky Downs Turf Sprint

by | 09.09.2017 | 7:32pm
Hogy (pink silks) wins the Kentucky Downs Turf Sprint at Kentucky Downs on 9-9-2017. Florent Geroux up, Michael Maker trainer, Michael Hui owner.

Hogy earned a hard-fought graded stakes victory when he rallied between rivals to take the G3 Kentucky Downs Turf Sprint by a half-length Sept. 9.

The 8-year-old gelded son of Offlee Wild was making his first start for owner Michael Hui and trainer Mike Maker in the 6 1/2-furlong contest. Hogy was claimed out of his last start – a 5 1/2-furlong turf sprint at Saratoga – from trainer Larry Rivelli and owner William Stiritz.

Settled toward the rear of the field through the early stages of the race, Hogy was fanned five-wide as he began to rally on the far turn. Under a strong drive from jockey Florent Geroux, Hogy continued to gain ground through the lane, reeling in leader Indy Hill in deep stretch before turning back bids from Commend and Undrafted for the victory.

Commend finished second, just a nose in front of Undrafted. Final time for the 6 1/2 furlongs was 1:16.88 over a firm turf course.

Bred in Kentucky by Dr. John E. Little, Hogy was a $17,000 short yearling at the Keeneland January sale in 2010. In 45 starts, Hogy has only been out of the money 11 times. Hogy has one other graded stakes win on his extensive resume, the 2013 edition of the G3 Hanshin Cup at Arlington Park. Earlier this year, the gelding captured the Colonel Power Stakes at Fair Grounds and was third in the G2 Shakertown at Keeneland.

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