Changeintheweather Captures Grey Breeders' Cup
Updated: Monday, October 8, 2001 6:45 PM
From Woodbine Racecourse
Posted: Monday, October 8, 2001 6:43 PM
In his third lifetime start, Pin Oak Stable's Changeintheweather captured Monday's Grey Breeders' Cup (Can-I) at Woodbine.
The strapping 2-year-old son of Gone West was allowed to break in stride from the gate and settle in mid-pack through the initial stages of the 1 1/16 mile race. With a half-mile remaining, jockey Mickey Walls called on the bay for run and accelerated past the early leader Eye for an Eye, moving away in the final furlong to win by four lengths.
"We got a perfect trip today," said Walls following the win. "He broke well and got a little bit of dirt in his face before he got right up on the bridle down the backstretch. When we got clear, he just did all the work."
The $303,040 Grey Breeders' Cup was the first stakes test of the colt's career. In July he was outrun in a six furlong maiden special weight event at Woodbine finishing eighth, but came back in September to crush a field of maidens at the 1 1/16 mile distance. His share of the Grey purse bumps his lifetime earnings to $207,840.
"I wasn't sure how he would come back today, it's tough to figure out two-year-olds sometimes. You never know if they can string together two great efforts, but he proved he could do it today," said Walls.
Trained by David Bell, Changeintheweather completed the 1 1/16 miles in 1:47.03 over a track rated fast. The colt was bred in Kentucky by Pin Oak Stud, LLC.
The early pacesetter Eye for an Eye fought valiantly to hold the place position at odds of 53-1, while Pat's Expectation rallied late to finish third.
Changeintheweather returned $5.90, $4.50 and $3.50 across the board. Eye for an Eye ($28.40, $13.00) completed the $176.90 exacta. Pat's Expectation returned $4.30 to show and rounded out the $919.20 triactor.
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