Speightstown's Strike Power rules in the Swale S. (G3)
Saturday, February 3, 2018
Strike Power backed up his superlative Dec. 23 maiden win with another top-notch performance in Saturday's $200,000 Swale S. (G3) at Gulfstream Park, rolling through the seven furlongs in 1:22.68.

The 3-year-old Speightstown colt could find himself stretching out to two turns for his next start. 

"We'll talk about it. There's plenty of options out there," trainer Mark Hennig said of the colt's next race. "Two turns would be an option. We'll have to see that through, probably. He's a horse who seems to relax when he's there and he's quick enough to put himself in the front." 

Like he did in his eight-length maiden win, Strike Power went to the front at the start and set a fast pace, getting the half in :45.45. At the top of the stretch, Strike Power spurted clear and won by 2 3/4-lengths.

"There's a lot of anxiety because his first race was just unbelievable, so you wonder, is that for real?" Don Adam said of his Courtlandt Farms homebred. "I think it is." 

Strike Power is out of the stakes-placed mare Gold d'Oro, who is a half-sister to Lane's End S. (G2) winner Adriano. 

Speightstown already has six stakes horses this year, including the 3-year-old fillies Almond Roca and Molto Allegro, both stake swinners.
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