|Kool Humor Wins Alysheba Breeders'
(Saturday, July 5, 2003)- Odds-on
favorite Kool Humor took command early and held on to defeat Shawklit
Man by 1 ¼ lengths in Saturday’s $100,000 Alysheba
Breeders’ Cup Stakes at Lone Star Park in Grand Prairie, Texas.
The victory in front of 8,392 fans gave jockey Eddie Martin Jr.
his record eighth stakes win of the meeting, and trainer Jack Bruner
his first ever at the Dallas-Fort Worth area racetrack.
Kool Humor, a 3-year-old son of Distorted Humor, covered seven
furlongs in a swift 1:21.92 on a track labeled “muddy”
by Texas Racing Commission stewards. He paid $3.40 to win.
Kool Humor is campaigned by Tom Durant of Granbury, Texas, Lone
Star Park’s leading owner in 1998 and 2000. He won the Alysheba
two years ago with Touch Tone, who nearly upset eventual Horse of
the Year Point Given in that year’s Grade I Haskell Invitational.
“I was really pleased with him,” said Bruner, who assumed
the training duties of Kool Humor and about 60 others when Durant
and trainer Ronny Werner dissolved their partnership in early June.
“He’s come around and he’s been training like
we wanted him to all week.”
Kool Humor’s presence in the sprint for 3-year-olds scared
away most of the competition. The New Jersey-bred entered the Alysheba
off an impressive 6 ½-length allowance win at Lone Star Park
on June 18. Prior to that, he was third in the $200,000 USA Stakes
on Memorial Day.
In a field of four after the late scratch of Yessirgeneralsir,
Kool Humor pressed the early pace and took command midway down the
backstretch, crossing the half-mile pole in :44.95. He pulled clear
on the turn for home and held well in the stretch under strong urging
“He broke sharp,” said Martin, who eclipsed Marlon
St. Julien’s 1997 record for stakes wins in a single season.
“My colt was running so easy, so I just let him be. I was
worried about that big red machine (Shawklit Man). I heard him coming
there late in the lane and I got after my horse pretty good. He
It was Kool Humor’s third win in seven starts. The $60,000
winner’s share boosted his earnings to $141,410.
Shawklit Man, with Corey Lanerie in the saddle, stalked in third
early on and finished determinedly in the stretch drive, but could
not reach the winner.
“I thought I had him for a minute,” Lanerie said. “What
a horse to click off those fractions and keep going.”
Iceanwater was another 7 ½ lengths behind in third, and Haillye’s
A.T.M. completed the finish.