Wholelottabourbon Downs Colin Foes

(from Woodbine report)
Wholelottabourbon led every step of the way to capture the first added-money win of his career in the six-furlong $134,000 Colin Stakes for 2-year-olds Saturday at Woodbine.

The running time was a solid 1:11.19 over track listed as "sloppy."

The Fort Erie-based 2-year-old son of Foxtrail, owned by M.A.D. Racing Stables and Martha Gonzalez, cut rapid early splits of 21.78 and 44.94 seconds under Francine Villeneuve. He stretched out to the 4 ½-length victory over the filly Quite A Ruckus and New York invader Killenaule.

"He does things so easily," Villeneuve said. "He relaxed once we shook loose of (Quite A Ruckus on the turn) and he still kept going fast. It was quite easy for him. He's always been really professional and done everything we've asked. Obviously, he's maturing into a nice horse."

Winning trainer Nick Gonzalez, who also made the Colin his first stakes score of the Woodbine season, said his Saturday morning rain dance proved fruitful.

"We were hoping for rain. We breezed him a few times in the morning in the mud and he trained really well over it. He's a good-feeling colt. I wasn't worried about the track at all."

The chestnut Kentucky-bred gelding now has two wins and a second in the Victoria Stakes behind Flamenco in three lifetime starts with career earnings of $143,655. The Colin win was worth $80,400.

Gonzalez figures the next step is the seven-furlong, $125,000-added Swynford Stakes on Sept. 25 at Woodbine.

Wholelottabourbon paid $8.90, $3.50, $2.70 across the board and combined with Quite A Ruckus ($2.40, $2.10) for a $21.70 exacta. Killenaule, another 1 ½-lengths back in third, paid $2.10 to show.

(Chart, Equibase)