During the period covering April 20 and May 20, eleven horses entered the winner’s circle across the nation following stakes races. The highlight being Country House, the official winner of the 2019 Kentucky Derby.
On April 20, Dirty came from 9 lengths back with only a ¼ mile to run to get up in the final strides in the King T. Leatherbury S. at Laurel Park. This colt is a product of Travis Durr’s program at the Webb Carroll Training Center.
Also a graduate of Travis’ program is Irish Strait who on the same day at Laurel won the Henry S. Clark S. Irish Strait stalked the leader and joined that one at the top of the stretch. They fought it out to the wire with Irish Strait proving best by a neck.
Pat On the Back overcame obstacles in an eventful trip in the Affirmed Success S. at Belmont Park on April 26. Bumped at the start, he was five wide early on, then moved to the inside nearing the 1/8th pole before accelerating from 5th to win by 1 ¼ lengths. Pat On the Back is also a graduate of the Webb Carroll Training Center.
Concrete Rose won her second stakes in a row capturing the Grade 3 Edgewood S. at Churchill Downs on May 3. Fourth, 5 lengths off the pace for the first ½ mile, she wore down the leader at the sixteenth pole and quickly drew off to cross the wire 3 ¾ lengths in front. Concrete Rose was developed in Aiken by Justin Wojczynski.
As everyone knows, Country House is the official winner of the 2019 Kentucky Derby. What you may not know is he went through the breaking process at the Webb Carroll Training Center. We congratulate Travis Durr and his crew for a job well done!!
On May 11, two more Webb Carroll Training Center graduates won stakes at Belmont Park. Firenze Fire won his sixth stakes proving best in the Runhappy S. Three wide headed into the stretch, Firenze Fire was asked the question and gave the proper response cruising to the lead and opening up by 4 ¾ lengths as much the best. Earlier in the day, Heavenhasmynikki broke on top in the Grade 3 Vagrancy S. She controlled the pace and when challenged late, would not be denied holding on for a neck victory.
On May 18 at Santa Anita, Mucho Gusto quickly took the lead in the Lazaro Barrera S. and improved his position at every call. As the heavy favorite, he proved much the best winning by 3 ¼ lengths. Mucho Gusto came up under the watchful eye of Kip Elser at his Kirkwood Stables operation.
Graduates of Travis Durr’s program continued their stakes winning ways on May 18 and 19 at Pimlico and Suffolk Downs. Mitchell Road, a half-sister to Country House, enhanced her value winning the Grade 3 Gallorette S. at Pimlico. She was a wire-to-wire winner besting those behind her by 2 ¼ lengths.
On the same day up in Boston, Dr. Blarney won the Rise Jim S. for the third year in a row. This time, he broke sharply and demolished his opposition winning by and astounding 15 ½ lengths. The next day, Saint Alfred put on a similar performance capturing the George F. Brown Memorial by 13 ½ lengths.
All in all, much for South Carolina to be proud of!!