|Patrol Wins $250,000 Dallas Turf
(June 21, 2003)- Multiple stakes winner
Patrol, trained in New York by Hall of Fame horseman Bill Mott,
added the richest turf race in Texas to his résumé
with a one-length triumph over Southern California invader Slew
The Red in Saturday’s $250,000 Dallas Turf Cup in front of
8,678 fans at Lone Star Park in Grand Prairie, Texas.
Ridden by jockey Mike Luzzi and carrying 118 pounds, Patrol covered
1 1/8 miles on a firm turf course in 1:48.75, the fastest running
of the race since Yaqthan recorded the stakes and course record
of 1:45.54 in 1998.
Patrol, a 4-year-old Claiborne Farm homebred son of Lear Fan, paid
$4.60 to win as the 6-5 favorite in the field of 10 older horses.
Patrol was anxious to run in the early stages of the race, but
Luzzi managed to get the chestnut colt to relax down the backstretch
and settled into third behind pacesetters Honorable Pic and Best
Of K C. The leaders clocked fractions of :23.71 for a quarter mile,
:47.16 for the half mile and 1:11.50 for three-quarters of a mile.
Luzzi moved Patrol to the outside with a half-mile to run, ranged
into contention on the turn for home and edged clear in the stretch
to hold off a fast-closing Slew The Red.
“He was a little rank into the first turn, rightfully so,
because he’s a speed horse,” New York-based Luzzi said.
“It took me a while to get him turned off, but I did finally
get him turned off. Turning home, I had to turn him on again, and
he finished up nice for me.”
“I thought I had [Patrol] at the eighth pole, but the other
horse had a little more gas left in the tank,” said Slew The
Red’s rider Matt Garcia.
Patrol was sent postward as the favorite after a good third in
the Grade I Woodford Reserve Handicap at Churchill Downs on Kentucky
Derby Day. As a 3-year-old, the Kentucky-bred colt won a pair of
listed turf stakes on the East Coast at Delaware Park and The Meadowlands.
The Dallas Turf Cup was Patrol’s third stakes win and sixth
victory in 10 starts. His career earnings now total $398,920, thanks
to the $150,000 winner’s share of the purse.
Runner-up Slew The Red, the 4-1 second wagering choice trained
by Hall of Famer Neil Drysdale, finished one length ahead of locally-based
Storybook Kid, a 15-1 outsider. Graded stakes winner Candid Glen
Kris Havingfunnow, Best Of K C, Statement, Rare Cure, Maysville
Slew and Honorable Pic completed the order of finish. Dynameaux
was a late scratch.
The Dallas Turf Cup, broadcast live nationally on CBS Sports, was
the third leg of a national Pick 3 which included the Grade I Ogden
Phipps Handicap at Belmont Park (won by Sightseek) and the Grade
II Ohio Derby from Thistledown (won by Wild and Wicked). The Pick
3 returned $29.40.