Wily 9-Year-Old Parose Wins Durham Cup

(from Woodbine report)
At 9, most Thoroughbreds are long gone from the racetrack.

Parose, owned by John Atto, is an exception to the rule. The Alberta-bred 9-year-old is still shining in the racing spotlight after showing his much younger rivals a thing or two while capturing the $163,800 Durham Cup Stakes (Can-III) Saturday at Woodbine.

In his 82nd career start, Parose made a spectacular last-to-first run under jockey Jono Jones to take the 1 1/8-mile Durham Cup by two lengths over 4-year-old Barbeau Ruckus and 6-year-old and reigning Horse of the Year, Wake At Noon.

"We're just delighted with him," said winning trainer Sandy McPherson. "I really do feel he's as good as he's ever been, maybe even better. He's had bad feet, but he's going a little better and he's sounder this year. He's a sound horse that still enjoys the game."

Jones was able to settle the son of Parlay Me in last, some 15 lengths off early pacesetters Barbeau Ruckus and Wake At Noon, who dueled through splits of 23.77 and 47.23 seconds. Parose looked hopelessly out of it around the turn, but Jones was able to rouse his chestnut, who began to cut into the lead, stride by stride. In mid-stretch, Parose was moving best and a no-doubt winner in 1:53.16.

The late run was part of Jones' strategy in the race. "I thought the pace would be quick. I've ridden him before and I moved too early on him. This time I knew I needed to have a little more patience to get there in the end."

McPherson said Parose would defend his Woodbine Slots Cup (Can-III) title on Nov. 8 before being put away for the year.

Parose collected $98,920 for the Durham Cup win, raising career earnings to $940,654,

He paid $8.30, $3.50, $2.50 across the board and combined with Barbeau Ruckus ($3.60, $2.50) for a $28.50 exacta. Wake At Noon ($2.30) rounded out the $68.10 trifecta.

(Chart, Equibase)