Euroears Excels in Record-Setting Crosby Win
Euroears blazed to a Del Mar Polytrack record for six furlongs with a front-running win in the $250,000 Bing Crosby Stakes, giving trainer Bob Baffert grade I wins on both coasts July 31 (VIDEO).
“He’s an amazing horse. He has lots of heart on the lead," Bejarano said. "He wants to be in front and he’s a different horse when he is. I thought I would have some pressure up front, but there was none. When we turned for home, I asked him a little and he really went."
Out of the Heff mare Unky and Ally, Euroears was bred in Kentucky by Gary and Bonnie Peterson.
Baffert gave Euroears plenty of time to recover from his trip to Dubai and the powerfully built chestnut horse had turned in a couple of exceptional drills at Del Mar in preparation for his return.
Euroears drifted out a bit in the lane, but after completing five furlongs in :55.91, he came home under Bejarano's urging in :12.26 for the final eighth of a mile. Amazombie and Kinsale King tracked the leader to mid-stretch but could not keep pace in the final furlong as Smiling Tiger rallied.
“That’s his style (pure speed) and he ran a huge race today," said Baffert assistant Mike Marlow, who saddled the winner with the boss in New Jersey. "Coming back from Dubai he had time to recover and he runs well fresh. This track today wasn’t favoring that kind of performance. But it didn’t look like he was extended that much even at the wire."
“He broke just a little slow," Rosario said of the favorite. "I don’t know if the post bothered him or not. I don’t think so. He was just a little slow out of there. Then I didn’t rush him. I just let him run his race. He ran well, but that winner had an easy lead and he was too much at the finish.”
It was the second time Smiling Tiger was beaten by Euroears this season, the first loss coming in the Palos Verdes Stakes (gr. II) at Santa Anita Jan. 22.
Coffee Boy was scratched.
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