(Shedaresthedevil winning at Churchill Downs / Photo Courtesy of Churchill Downs)
(Trainer Brad Cox / Photo by Holly M. Smith)
(Jockey Florent Geroux / Photo Courtesy of Keeneland)
It was a big day for the team of trainer Brad Cox and rider Florent Geroux. The duo made the short jaunt up from Louisville to Indiana Grand. They came home with two huge wins and two horses now primed and ready for bigger things.
In the G3 Indiana Derby, Cox and Geroux teamed up with Shared Sense to capture the $300,000 race, and, more importantly, some serious points for this year’s Kentucky Derby.
In the race before, Cox and Geroux collaborated to win the G2 Indiana Oaks with Shedaresthedevil.
G3 Indiana Derby:
Jockey Florent Geroux — Shared Sense (1st):
The jockey had to wait out a claim of foul lodged by the connections of runner-up Major Fed, after some close quarters in the final turn.
“Beautiful trip to save ground all the way around there. It looked like the pace in front of me was honest,” Geroux said. “I was about to get the split right turning for home.
“Maybe I had contact with the horse of Greg Foley’s, Major Fed. But honestly I don’t think it made a difference,” Geroux continued. “If I beat him a head, maybe we can make a case for it But when my horse ran going away like this, it was pretty clear there was not too much going on there.”
Trainer Brad Cox — Shared Sense:
The colt will have to be supplemented to the Kentucky Derby, to run in the 146th version of the “Run for the Roses.” That would cost over $45,000. That decision is still pending.
“That will be up to the Godolphin team. But look, he’s a nice horse,” Cox said. “(Darley America president) Jimmy Bell and I have talked about it a couple of times, that a mile and an eighth is something he’ll like. Maybe even farther. He’s a tough horse. This horse, on the dry dirt, that’s where he gets his best races.”
Trainer Greg Foley — Major Fed (2nd):
“We got eight points (for second and 38 overall),” Foley said. “We can run if we want to, I’m pretty sure. He (Major Fed) got pinched again (at the start). They went 48 for the half-mile. He was last by however much he was. He ran his butt off. He’s a good little horse. He’s going to get lucky one of these days.”
G2 Indiana Oaks:
Trainer Brad Cox — Shedaresthedeveil (1st):
“Big favorite. We expected her to run well,” Cox said. “She’d been training the part out of her last race at Churchill, where she ran a big race. It was a good trip, she responded well. I thought she looked great at the quarter pole.”
Cox said it remains to be determined if Shedaresthedevil starts again before the Sept. 4 Kentucky Oaks.
“She’s got enough points to get in,” Cox said. “I won’t say we’ll make it easy on her, but as easy on her as we can to try to get her into the Oaks the best way and get her there with some confidence.”