Saturday, May 23, 2009

Triumphant Flight in Sunday's Lazaro S. Barrera Stakes

Triumphant Flight selling as a yearling... video by Larry Zap.

Sunday's feature race at Hollywood Park, the Grade 3, $100,000 Lazaro S. Barrera Memorial Stakes, has drawn a strong field of ten 3-year-olds going 7 furlongs on the Cushion Track, including Triumphant Flight.

Trained by Eric Kruljac, Triumphant Flight is a three-time winner who hasn't been worse than second in six starts. He won the San Miguel Stakes at Santa Anita on March 9 and finished second in the Snow Chief at Hollywood Park on April 25.

The field also includes Backbackbackgone, a winner of five of seven races and $203,270, who is seeking his second straight victory. He is switching back to the Cushion Track from turf, where he won impressively at six furlongs in the Harry Henson Stakes on opening day of this meet.

The race is named for the late Hall of Fame trainer who saddled Affirmed to win the 1978 Triple Crown. Barrera saddled 68 stakes winners at Hollywood Park, including Gold Cup winners Affirmed (1979) and Island Whirl (1983). The Barrera will run as the eighth of nine races on Sunday’s program at Hollywood Park. First post is at 1 p.m.

Contributor Larry Zap provides a video of Triumphant Flight selling as a yearling at Barretts' October 2007 sale. Zap isolated the colt, Hip #220, as the best horse in the sale, recommending his purchase by Tyler Seltzer for $36,000. Triumphant Flight was subsequently broken and trained by Kruljac. Enjoy the video!

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1 comment:

Larry Zap said...

thanks for the post...Triumphant Flight skipped the Barrera to point to biger $$$ spots either at Belmont in the Woody Stephans or possibly a big money turf race at Colonial Downs...was nice to see Charlie's Moment win the racesince he finished 2nd to the Flight in the San Miguel at Santa Anita

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