Grade 1 Alfred G. Vanderbilt S. goes to Speightstown's Poseidon's Warrior
Sunday, August 05, 2012
Poseidon's Warrior found the sloppy going to his liking Sunday at Saratoga as the 4-year-old Speightstown colt claimed a hard-fought neck victory in the $400,000 Alfred Vanderbilt H. (G1).
 
The dark bay colt is the first Grade 1 winner of 2012 for Speightstown and his 13th black-type earner on the year, second-best among all North American sires. His progeny have earned in excess of $5.4 million this year, also good for third on the general sire list.

With the speedy Shackleford getting the bulk of the public's attention, Poseidon's Warrior was dismissed at 36-1 in the six-furlong Vanderbilt. While Shackleford didn't take to the off track, Poseidon's Warrior was never more than a couple lengths off the top spot. Three wide around the turn, jockey Irad Ortiz Jr. slowly inched closer to the front as the field straightened for home. Poseidon's Warrior dug deep in the final furlong, passing Emcee and holding off a late charge of Justin Phillip to stop the timer in 1:09.40, an excellent time on the off track.

“When I turned for home, I asked my horse, and he had something,” Ortiz said. “I tried to do my best in the stretch, and he just kept going.”

“This was a race we’ve been looking at for a long time,” said trainer Robert Reid Jr., who won the first Grade 1 or his career. “I told the jockey to ride him out of the gate if he wanted because sometimes in New York they’ll give you the lead, but when he saw the others go out he did the right thing and laid back off them and let him settle.”

The $240,000 winner’s share of the purse pushed Poseidon’s Warrior’s lifetime earnings to $634,337 for his owner Swilcan Stable LLC. He now has seven wins in 17 starts, including five stakes wins.

Poseidon's Warrior was bred in Maryland by Dark Hollow Farm and William Beatson. Out of the Smarten mare Poised to Pounce, Poseidon's Warrior is a half-brother to multiple stakes winners Play Bingo and Quick 'n Smart. 

Visit Speightstown's Page Speightstown
$460K for Speightstown colt at Fasig-Tipton Florida
Speightstown

$460K for Speightstown colt at Fasig-Tipton Florida

Speightstown's top offering at the March 4 Fasig-Tipton Florida Select 2-year-old sale brought a winning bid of $460,000...

[read more]

Big prices for Distorted Humor 2yos at Fasig-Tipton Florida
Distorted Humor

Big prices for Distorted Humor 2yos at Fasig-Tipton Florida

Distorted Humor was among the leading sires at the March 4 Fasig-Tipton Florida Select 2-year-old sale...

[read more]

$685K for Pioneerof the Nile colt at Fasig-Tipton Florida
Pioneerof the Nile

$685K for Pioneerof the Nile colt at Fasig-Tipton Florida

A strapping dark bay son of Pioneerof the Nile brought a winning bid of $685,000 at the March 4 Fasig-Tipton Florida Select 2-year-old sale...

[read more]

Sidney’s Candy 2yo brings $150K at Fasig-Tipton Florida
Sidney's Candy

Sidney’s Candy 2yo brings $150K at Fasig-Tipton Florida

A colt first from the crop Sidney’s Candy brought a winning bid of $150,000 at the March 4 Fasig-Tipton Florida Select 2-year-old sale...

[read more]

Royal Son jumps into Triple Crown picture
Tiznow

Royal Son jumps into Triple Crown picture

WinStar Farm's homebred 3-year-old Tiznow colt Royal Son powered to an authoritative victory in the $125,000 John Battaglia Memorial S...

[read more]

Tiznow colt racks up fourth stakes win
Tiznow

Tiznow colt racks up fourth stakes win

Rebranded took the race to his foes early in Saturday’s $50,000 Curribot H., pulling away by a couple of lengths in the first furlong...

[read more]

China Horse Club buys into G1 winner Daredevil

China Horse Club buys into G1 winner Daredevil

China Horse Club has acquired a minority interest in Grade 1 winner Daredevil, who’s set to make his 3-year-old debut in Saturday’s $200,000 Swale S. (G2) at Gulfstream...

[read more]

‘Brilliant’ Khozan targeting Florida Derby (G1) after Gulfstream win
Distorted Humor

‘Brilliant’ Khozan targeting Florida Derby (G1) after Gulfstream win

Distorted Humor’s Khozan has become the hottest 3-year-old on the Triple Crown trail in Florida, with two dominating victories...

[read more]

Congrats filly kicks off 2015 with a victory
Congrats

Congrats filly kicks off 2015 with a victory

Pangburn’s 3-year-old debut Friday at Oaklawn Park was a smashing success, setting up the Congrats filly perfectly for a run at the $1 million Kentucky Oaks (G1)...

[read more]

Sharp Santa Anita MdSpWt score for Hold Me Back colt
Hold Me Back

Sharp Santa Anita MdSpWt score for Hold Me Back colt

Commute drew away in the Santa Anita stretch on Sunday to register a 2 ¼-length victory in a 6 ½-furlong maiden special weight contest...

[read more]