Horse Racing

Hong Kong Harry is late to get Swift Shoemaker


Coach Phil D’Amato says Hong Kong Harry “not the prettiest horse,” but he certainly admires the efforts of rider and rider Flavien Prat in creating a win from behind in the $251,500 Seabiscuit (G2T) handicap la on November 26 at Del Mar.

Faced with four first-place/group 1 winners of his seven opponents, Prat let Hong Kong Harry go for speed as the pitch came out of the chute to cross the finish line for the first time. He ran there in the backseat and started picking up things as he entered the turn.

Meanwhile, Masteroffoxhound . Inside the longer marker, Victor Espinoza accelerates Outside Shining to take the first challenge just outside the early lead, only to find the Hong Konger Harry with the best late stride outside the three-horse finish.

Hong Kong Harry won the gap, with the Masteroffoxhounds edging past Beyond Brilliant for second place. 1 1/16 miles on hard court was quick at 1:39.79, a fifth of a second off the course record.

D’Amato said: “Flavien rode him with a lot of confidence. “He could feel them flying up there. He waited a little longer than usual, but he came in with a great late kick and the timing was super fast.

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“I’m proud of both of my horses. They’re literally about a neck apart.”

Beyond Brilliant has joined the ranks of the top tier winners of the 2021 Hollywood Derby (G1T). Santin placed second in that race and this summer’s Arlington Million (G1T) winner at Churchill Downs, about fourth in Seabiscuit. The person who finished in fifth place horrified win the highest level in South America, and Smooth as the strait disappointing Saturday, won last year’s Shoemaker Mile (G1T) at Santa Anita . Park.

Hong Kong Harry, formerly UK-trained by Richard Fahey, won his first two starts for D’Amato in the spring meeting at Santa Anita—both optional grant claimants. choose at 1 1/8 mile on the green. He then won the mile-long American Stakes (G3T) in June, coming in second Masterpiece in the Eddie Read Stakes (G2T) at Del Mar in July and won the Del Mar Mile (G2T) on September 3.

“This horse has a heart of gold,” said the trainer. “He’s just one of those horses – he’s not the prettiest but lately he’s had the best physique, best heart and best turning.”

Bred in Ireland by Amarath Business Management in addition to go gold mare Body is important , Hong Kong Harry was purchased by Boomer Bloodstock for the equivalent of $122,768 in 2021 at the Tattersalls Autumn Horse Sale for Training from a shipment of Musley Bank Stables. He is currently racing for owners Scott Anastasi, Jimmy Ukegawa and Tony Valazza.

If Hong Kong Harry advances to the top tier of the game in a 6-year-old season, then Es Que Love D’Amato said gelding will come at its own cost.

“Can focus on mile races. He’s not nominated for Breeders’ Cup, so he’ll have to show us next year by winning some of these mile races for him to have can go there.

“But, if he keeps running like this, I think that’s a very good possibility.”

Breeders’ Cup 2023 will be held in Santa Anita.

Video: Seabiscuit H. (G2T)

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