|Korbyn Gold Wins Middleground;
Three-Way Tie for Divisional Honors
12, 2003) - Korbyn Gold earned a piece of an unprecedented three-way
tie for Lone Star Park Champion 2-Year-Old when he easily disposed
of stablemate Afternoon Charlie and odds-on favorite Beau’s
County in Sunday’s $75,000 Middleground Breeders’ Cup
Following the race, a vote of media and selected racing officials
resulted in a triple dead heat for the meeting’s Champion
2-Year-Old Male. TTA Sales Futurity winner Next Bandit and Texas
Stallion Stakes hero There Goes Rocket also shared in the honors.
The trio of colts represents the winners from all three legs of
Lone Star Park’s lucrative stakes series for 2-year-old males.
In Sunday’s race, Korbyn Gold sat well back of a spirited
pace duel between Beau’s County and Lorenzon. The early leaders
set opening fractions of :22 and :44 4/5 in the six-furlong sprint.
“It couldn’t have worked out any better,” Korbyn
Gold’s jockey Jeremy Beasley said. “I was very confident
with her, especially with the pace scenario in the race and his
running style. I didn’t have to rush him. I didn’t have
to ask him to do too much. I let him pick it up on his own and get
into a comfortable stride. I didn’t have to ask him for too
much down the stretch.”
Korbyn Gold prevailed in a final time of 1:09.56, two lengths ahead
of second wagering choice Afternoon Charlie. It was more than six
lengths back to Beau’s County in third.
“The horse broke so sharp and I don’t think Eddie [Martin
Jr.] wanted to fight him and take him back,” trainer Bret
Calhoun said of Beau’s County. “We got in a speed duel
a little bit. He’d been without a race for some time and maybe
fitness was a factor.“
The order of finish was completed by Arapahoe Park shipper Lorenzon
and longshot Kiri Camp.
The win went to trainer Kari Craddock, who took her second stakes
race of the weekend saddling horses for Steve Asmussen. Lone Star
Park’s all-time leading trainer was suspended the final week
of the meeting due to a minor medication overage.
Korbyn Gold paid $8.60 as the 3-1 third choice in the wagering.
The $45,000 winner’s share of the purse raised the son of
Gold Case’s earnings to $91,200. In his only previous out,
Korbyn Gold won a maiden special weight here in April.
“He’s really headed down the right road,” Beasley
said. “I think there’s a lot of good things ahead of