Stronach Runner Smashes Woodbine Turf Mark
Updated: Sunday, July 4, 2004 3:32 PM
Posted: Thursday, July 1, 2004 10:05 PM
Stronach Stable's Royal Regalia shattered Woodbine's one mile E.P. Taylor Turf course record Thursday, covering the distance in 1:31.84.
The mark, just .21 of a second off the world record set by Elusive Quality at Belmont Park on July 4, 1998, cut nearly a second off the previous Woodbine best time, set by Numerous Times (1:32.79) in the Atto Mile (Can-I) on September 9, 2001.
Royal Regalia, a 6-year-old grey/roan gelded son of Cozzene
, was ridden to the 4 ½-length win by Jono Jones under 120 pounds. The five-time winner stalked rival Relaunch Star, who set the fast fractions of :22.14 and :43.93 under a powerful tailwind of, before taking advantage at the top of the long stretch and drawing off resolutely into the strong head wind.
The Kentucky-bred won the $77,000 allowance race for trainer Justin Nixon, returning $8 to win.
Awesome Action was second with Control Tower another half-length back in third.
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