Radiohead Beats Homeboykris at Gulfstream
by Jack Shinar
Date Posted: 2/27/2010 4:13:20 PM
Last Updated: 3/2/2010 2:32:49 PM
Radiohead, in his first start since finishing seventh in last fall's Grey Goose Breeders' Cup Juvenile (gr. I), coasted to a 3 1/2-length win over his Rick Dutrow Jr.-trained stablemate Homeboykris in a $44,000 allowance race that featured some well-regarded 3-year-olds at Gulfstream Park Feb. 27 (VIDEO).
Edgar Prado guided the 8-5 favorite to victory in the one-turn mile test in a time of 1:35.90 over a fast track. Radiohead, a son of Johannesburg--Security Interest (by Belong to Me) bred in Great Britain, was making his debut for Dutrow after being purchased prior to the Breeders' Cup by IEAH Stables. The chestnut colt, who made his first start on dirt a winning one, is co-owned by Pegasus Holding Group, Carmen Burrell, and Jonathan Harvey.
Radiohead ($5.20) had a great trip in his return, pressing pacesetter General Maximus (:24. 18, :47.92 and 1:12.10) on the outside before taking over at the head of the stretch. Radiohead drew away from the field under encouragement from Prado to easily defeat Homeboykris. The latter saved ground for Julien Leparoux through the turn and angled out for the stretch run to gain the runner-up spot by a a half-length over Call Shot and John Velazquez. General Maximus, Quick Ride, and Thomas Got Even completed the order in the six-horse field. Gesu scratched.
Winner of Ascot's Norfolk Stakes (Eng-II) last June, Radiohead had two victories and three places in six starts in Great Britain for trainer Brian Meehan. He shipped to the U.S. for the Breeders' Cup Juvenile following a second-place finish in the Middle Park Stakes (Eng-I) at Newmarket. In the Juvenile over Santa Anita's Pro-Ride synthetic track, Radiohead was shuffled to the back of the field on the first turn and rallied late to finish just four lengths behind the winning Vale of York.
Louis Lazzinnaro and partners’ Homeboykris improved off his fifth-place effort in the Holy Bull Stakes (gr. III) Jan. 23 in his first start of the season. The son of Roman Ruler won the Champagne Stakes (gr. I) at Belmont Park in October in his first start for Dutrow after being purchased privately.
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