Court's in Session Wins Verdict in 'Meadows Sprint

(from Bay Meadows report)
Court's in Session charged by pacesetter Hombre Rapido in midstrech and went on to win the $80,000 Bay Meadows Breeders' Cup Sprint (gr. III) by 2 1/4 lengths Saturday.

Court's in Session was ridden by Roberto Gonzalez and is trained by Brian Koriner, who claimed the 5-year-old gelding for $32,000 on May 9. Court's in Session won a $50,000 allowance/optional claiming race in his first start for Koriner on June 3 and came right back Saturday to earn his first stakes victory.

"We claimed him with the plan of sprinting him," said Koriner, who saw Court's in Session win a 1 1/16 mile turf race the day he claimed him. "We were planning to run at Pleasanton (in the Sam J. Whiting Handicap on July 10) but we nominated for this race because you'd hate to be left out if only six (horses) went, and his last race was his very best."

Nine horses competed in the Bay Meadows BC Sprint, and Court's in Session rallied from fifth to take the six-furlong dash for 3-year-olds and up in a quick 1:08.91.

Stretch-runner Debonair Joe took second by a neck over Hombre Rapido, who finished a neck in front of 2-1 favorite Green Team.

"We were a little bit squeezed at the start, but we got a perfect trip," said Gonzalez. "At the half-mile pole we were about four wide, but I took a shot and went inside. When I saw all the speed in the race, I told my agent (Bob Hack) yesterday we had a shot because only Green Team, Debonair Joe and myself would be running at the end."

Owned by Wind River Stables, Court's in Session earned $41,250 for the victory and paid $17.80 to those fans that backed him at the mutuel windows.

Bred in Washington, Court's in Session, a 5-year-old gelded son of Petersburg, has won seven of his 28 career races and $205,645.

(Chart, Equibase)