Following a triumph in the Grade 1 United Nations on Saturday at Monmouth Park, veteran trainer Jimmy Toner said Hunter O'Riley could target the Grade 2, $250,000 Bowling Green on July 27 at Saratoga Race Course next.
Owned by Sean Shay and Michael Ryan, the 6-year-old bay gelded son of Tiz Wonderful notched his first victory since the 2017 Bowling Green, coming from off the pace under jockey Paco Lopez and making a closing move to win by a neck in notching his first Grade 1 score.
“We'll point for the Bowling Green,” Toner said. “The timing is right and we won it two years ago with him. He trained really well and he's kind of a victim of his own problems. Paco gave him a great ride yesterday. I told him to keep him involved and he responded very well. He was training better than ever.”
In winning the United Nations, Hunter O'Riley broke a streak of six off-the-board efforts against graded stakes company. Prior to the United Nations, Hunter O'Riley was seventh in the Grade 2 Elkhorn at Keeneland behind Bigger Picture, who was fourth in the United Nations.
Bred in Kentucky by Mike Rutherford, Hunter O'Riley is out of the unraced Bernardini broodmare Oblige and was purchased by Shay for $50,000 from the Fasig-Tipton Mid-Atlantic 2-Year-Olds in Training Sale in May 2015.
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