Town Prize crushes field in $150K Woodstock
Sunday, April 15, 2012
Town Prize dismissed his foes with a runaway 5 1/4-length victory in the $150,000 Woodstock S. April 15 at Woodbine, marking the second time in eight days that a son of Speightstown won a six furlong stakes at the Ontario, Canada track. Essence Hit Man, the 2011 Canadian champion sprinter, was a sharp winner of the $168,000 Cartier S. on April 7.

Three-year-old Town Prize turned in one of the most impressive runnings in the 144 year history of the Woodstock. Coming out of the gate very quickly, the William Sorokolit homebred went right to the front, with a length and a half lead going into the turn. Getting the half-mile in a very brisk :44.51, Town Prize kept pouring it on for the final two furlongs under a hand ride by Eurico Da Silva to stop the timer in 1:08.22.

Town Prize's dominating performance was just .06 seconds off Essence Hit Man's track record of 1:08.16.

“He’s a very talented horse,” said Da Silva. “He did everything easy. He didn’t break that sharp, but he put himself on the lead, and from there, he just enjoyed himself running. I didn’t even need to whip him. He just kept running, and he galloped out strong.”

Kentucky-bred Town Prize banked $90,000 in his first career stakes victory to up his lifetime earnings to $185,422. In five starts, Town Prize has two wins at Woodbine and thirds in both the $150,000 Colin S., also at Woodbine, and in the $100,000 Spectacular Bid S. at Gulfstream Park.
More Than Ready colt “great” for Kentucky Derby (G1) title=

More Than Ready colt “great” for Kentucky Derby (G1)

More Than Ready's 3-year-old colt Tom's Ready looks to make history in Saturday's $2 million Kentucky Derby (G1) when the colt breaks from post 12...

[read more]

Post 3 for Creator in Kentucky Derby 142 title=

Post 3 for Creator in Kentucky Derby 142

WinStar Farm's Grade 1 winner Creator drew post 3 for Saturday's $2 million Kentucky Derby (G1) when entries were drawn on Wednesday afternoon at Churchill Downs...

[read more]

Exaggerator lands post 11 for Kentucky Derby (G1) title=

Exaggerator lands post 11 for Kentucky Derby (G1)

Future WinStar stallion Exaggerator is right in the middle of the field in the gate for Saturday's $2 million Kentucky Derby (G1) getting post 11...

[read more]

Outside draw for Majesto in Kentucky Derby (G1) title=

Outside draw for Majesto in Kentucky Derby (G1)

Tiznow's Grade 1-placed Majesto drew post 18 of 20 for Saturday 142nd Kentucky Derby (G1) when entries were drawn Wednesday afternoon...

[read more]

Venus Valentine lands post 10 for Kentucky Oaks (G1) title=
Congrats

Venus Valentine lands post 10 for Kentucky Oaks (G1)

Congrats' graded stakes-winning filly Venus Valentine drew post 10 of 14 3-year-old fillies in Friday's $1 million Kentucky Oaks (G1)...

[read more]

Exaggerator strong in final pre-Derby workout title=

Exaggerator strong in final pre-Derby workout

Exaggerator, one of the likely favorites for next Saturday's Kentucky Derby (G1), breezed five furlongs on Saturday at Churchill Downs...

[read more]

Weekend Hideaway takes Affirmed Success S. in 2016 bow title=
Speightstown

Weekend Hideaway takes Affirmed Success S. in 2016 bow

Weekend Hideaway, already a five-time stakes-winning son of Speightstown, made it six black type wins on Friday at Belmont Park...

[read more]

Santa Anita Derby (G1) winner Exaggerator to stand at WinStar upon retirement title=

Santa Anita Derby (G1) winner Exaggerator to stand at WinStar upon retirement

WinStar Farm has entered into an agreement to acquire the breeding rights to recent Santa Anita Derby (G1) winner and 2016 Kentucky Derby (G1) contender Exaggerator...

[read more]

Gemologist tops all First-Crop sires at OBS April sale title=
Gemologist

Gemologist tops all First-Crop sires at OBS April sale

Led by a $550,000 colt, Gemologist topped all First-Crop sires at OBS April 19-22 Spring Sale of 2-year-olds in Training with an average price of $161,786...

[read more]

$375K Colonel John filly on closing day at OBS April Sale title=
Colonel John

$375K Colonel John filly on closing day at OBS April Sale

Colonel John had one of the top offerings during the final day of the OBS April 19-22 Spring Sale of 2-year-olds in Training...

[read more]