Summer Classic is not yet a winner as he finished a disappointing 5th at Penn National on Saturday. After the race, jockey Andrew Wolfsont remarked that Classic has some ability, but ran a very “green’ race. It is easy to forget that our gelding last raced seven months ago as a two year, and this was only the 2nd start of his young career. Classic veered slightly right at the brake, as quickly righted, then was ushered into a stalking position two lengths off the lead. He remained outside of horses, close to the lead, until they reached the top of the stretch. Classic hit his best stride in mid lane but weakened as #4 Flashing Lightning drew clear by 5 3/4 lengths. Only 1 1/4 lengths separated the next four that crossed the finish line. The heavy track at Penn National and the longer distance were both factors in Summer Classic’s result.
Maureen and I encouraged Classic as much as possible from the simulcast screen at Fairmount Park. We had hoped for a better result, in a relatively soft field of entries. Although relieved to learn that Summer Classic was not claimed, I left the Park with a significantly lighter wallet…losing a little more than lunch money in the betting parlor. Classic’s connections and trainer Tim Ice are still trying to learn the running style of our inexperienced athlete as he tries to understand his new job. We may experiment with a turf course and different distances before a decision is made on his next test. Summer Winners, Some Are Not, And Some Will Be!
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