Horse Racing

Spendthrift, Fletcher lined up for victory formation


With their 2 year old Victory formation Going to his first victory on his racing debut in a special first-of-its-kind test on October 21 at Keeneland, a new racing partnership has begun on the right foot.

Victory Formation is the first start to Spendthrift Farm and Frank Fletcher Racing’s partnership. After the son of Tapwrit scored an easy win on Friday’s 6 1/2 test, he met Fletcher, Spendthrift owner Eric Gustavson and Spendthrift general manager Ned Toffey.

“That’s exciting,” said Fletcher, who has also campaigned for home-brewed middle and high school winners. Frank’s Rockette . “It was exciting to see him come out from the start and lead all the way. I’ve had very few horses in my life do that in the first start.”

Trained by Brad Cox, Victory Formation set pace during early pressing, enjoying a clear advantage through a quarter mile in: 23.03 and a half mile in: 46.91. When driver Luis Saez asked for a little more on the field, Victory Formation started to win 3/4. He completed 6 1/2 stretches in 1:17.94 on a fast track.

New partners shelled out $340,000 to land Victory Formation at this year’s Fasig-Tipton Midlantic 2-Year-Olds in Training Sale, where he was signed by LG Fletcher and Toffey credits bloodsucker agent Liz Crow for having bring them together.

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“This is our first start, our first horse; we couldn’t be happier,” Toffey said. “Eric wanted to collaborate on horses, so we looked for people with similar interests to us. Liz does a great job of casting so it’s a perfect fit and so far so good.”

In addition to the winning Smart N Soft mare, Victory Formation was bred in Kentucky by Gainesway Thoroughbreds. Smart N Soft is also the winner at 1st place Bellamore . Victory Formation’s boss, Tapwrit, stood at Gainesway near Lexington. His 2023 fees will be announced.

Toffey said Victory Formation happened to be the first horse he saw at the May 23-24 sale in Timonium, Md.

“He just made a great impression,” Toffey said. “We all like him and Liz likes him. He’s such a beautiful animal and shows he’s an athlete on sale. We’re happy to have him.”

Toffey said the next start date has yet to be determined for Victory Formation.

Earlier on Friday’s card, second starter Knights of Lugan outstanding Carcano time to dominate half length in the special maiden weight test 6 1/2 other long hairs of the day for young. The son of Gold Coins is a cross for George Yager’s BG Stables.

“He looked good when he won that game,” Yager said by phone.

Knight Lugan was the first of the Sightstown mare Sly Roxy, who earned her special maiden weight class debut in 2017 at Racecourse Saratoga. Though she bucked the effort, Yager kept her for breeding and has since sold the mare privately.

Knight Lugan finished second in the six-girl race on September 21 at Churchill Downs.

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