Henny Hughes Sizzles in Vosburgh
Updated: Sunday, October 8, 2006 5:52 PM
(Edited press release)
Posted: Saturday, October 7, 2006 6:03 PM
Zabeel Racing International's Henny Hughes won his third straight race and planted himself firmly at the head of the Sprint division Saturday, easily winning Belmont Park's $400,000 Vosburgh (gr. I) by 2 ¾ lengths.
Facing older horses for the first time, the 3-year-old Hennessy
colt set a stakes record of 1:08.13 for six furlongs under jockey John Velazquez.
Longshot Attila's Storm was gunned to the lead under Cornelio Velasquez, as Henny Hughes broke a bit slow, then moved easily into position, content to let the first quarter go in :22 1/5 and the half in :44 4/5. At the quarter pole, he simply took off and never had to worry about who was coming.
"I told Johnny (Velazquez) that, if another horse clears us, that would be great. Just ride your race," said trainer Kiaran McLaughlin. "We broke a little flat-footed, but everything worked out great. He was training unbelievable prior to the King's Bishop. After the King's Bishop, I was leaking a little bit of confidence. He proved he's a top horse. We're there now (Breeders' Cup Sprint). We'll keep him happy. We just have to go a few halves with him."
"He was pretty impressive today, let me tell you," Velazquez said. "He broke a touch slow out of there. I didn't panic, I knew he was going to be fast enough to catch them. I just got on him at the quarter pole and let him go, and he responded right away. He relaxed really good. He showed that he can do anything."
War Front ran second for the fifth time in his last six starts for Hall of Fame trainer H. Allen Jerkens.
"He tried hard," said War Front's jockey, Jose Santos. "He ran much better today than he did at Saratoga. Henny Hughes was much the best, though. The last time, he was going backwards at the end; but this time, he was moving forward. He's been running second to some real good horses."
The even-money favorite, Henny Hughes paid $3.90, $2.80, and $2.30. War Front paid $5.20 and $3.90, with Attila's Stoirm worth $5.70.
Attila's Storm lasted for third. "It was a great race for him," said trainer Richard Schosberg. "I felt bad for the horse because he tried so hard for second. If he comes back good, we will look towards the Sprint – 1:08 flat was something; he just got a little tired today."
Who's the Cowboy was fourth, and Silver Train - winner of the 2005 TVG Breeders' Cup Sprint (gr. I) - finished last.
The Vosburgh represented the sixth win in nine starts for Henny Hughes, who has finished second in his three other outings. Winner of the Saratoga Special (gr. II) as a 2-year-old of 2005, Henny Hughes rolled to a 10-length victory in the Jersey Shore Breeders' Cup (gr. III) and a 5 ¼-length romp in the King's Bishop (gr. I) previous to the Vosburgh.
The colt was bred in Kentucky by Liberation Farm, Trackside Farm, and CHO LLC.
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