Ironhorse Racing Stable, their jockey and their horse got a first graded stakes win on Saturday at Keeneland when Bucchero captured the Grade 2 Woodford at odds of 26-1. The 5-year-old son of Kantharos and jockey Fernando De La Cruz set the pace in this race last year, but the pair were able to relax behind the speed of Latent Revenge and swallow up that rival in the stretch. Trained by Tim Glyshaw, Bucchero covered 5 1/2 furlongs over the firm turf in 1:03.06 to win by 1 3/4 lengths, defeating 5-2 Hogy at the wire. Favored Commend (5-2) finished off the board.
Latent Revenge jumped out of the starting gates very quickly, immediately drawing away to a two-length lead down the backstretch. Bucchero, breaking from the second post position, was rating kindly just behind the leader while a little bit off the rail, and both Breeders' Cup winner Mongolian Saturday and Mongol Bull were tracking behind the eventual winner.
After a quarter in :22.13, Latent Revenge had drawn away to a five-length lead, and Bucchero had a two-length jump on the rest of the field. Bucchero had started to cut into that lead approaching the head of the lane, and just kept grinding away down the stretch. Latent Revenge got a bit tired late, and ended up fading to fifth, but none of the closing threats were able to make up enough ground on Bucchero.
Bucchero crossed the wire 1 3/4 lengths in front of the 8-year-old Hogy, while Mongolian Saturday managed third in the race he'd won last year. Conquest Panthera got up for fourth.
Bred in Indiana by Southern Chase Farm and Karen Dodd, Bucchero was transferred to Glyshaw's care at the start of the 2016 season. The horse has now compiled a record of nine wins, six seconds and a third from 22 starts and earnings of over $630,000.
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