Going off at odds of 6-1, Big Glen won for the third time in five starts, scoring in his stakes debut under James Lopez in the one-mile WEBN, a 3-year-old prep race for the March 22 Lane’s End Stakes (gr. II). Trained by Frank Brothers, the Cactus Ridge colt was the fifth choice in a field of 10.
Your Round, the second choice, was runner-up after drifting out in upper stretch under Victor Lebron and then coming with a furious rally in the final sixteenth. Pacesetter Mr. Harry hung on for third, 2 ¼ lengths in front of favorite U.S. Cavalry, who entered off a pair of wins.
Big Glen completed the mile in 1:38.48 on a fast track.
Bobby Persad’s Mr. Harry, breaking from post two, set an easy pace through the first six furlongs, posting fractions of :24.14, :47.83 and 1:12.62. Gregory’s Trick and U.S. Cavalry pressed the pace through the backstretch.
Big Glen was caught wide early, but Lopez moved the chestnut colt determinedly around the final turn, drawing him even with Mr. Harry as they straightened away. With bold strides, Big Glen powered his way clear through the stretch. Mr. Harry looked to be second best, but Your Round came flying in the final yards to take runner-up by three-quarters of a length.
“I was about mid-pack coming around the first turn, and I was a little worried because we were so wide,” Lopez said. “But down the backside, he jumped in the bit and got me in a really good spot about the half-mile pole. Then he did it again at the three-eighths pole, and he just kicked on from there. I just had so much horse.”
Big Glen, owned by John T.L. Jones Jr. and Bill Jones, bumped his career earnings to $59,391. He entered off a neck victory in a Dec. 8 allowance at Turfway, where he also won in closing fashion.
Out of the Unaccounted For mare Zamba Canuta, Big Glen also broke his maiden at Turfway Sept. 23. He was bred in Kentucky by Jones Jr., Bill Heiligbrodt, and Richard Taylor.
The winner paid $14.80, $7.20, and $4.40. The exacta (11-9) was worth $80.20, while the trifecta (11-9-2) returned $466.80.