(Snapper Sinclair wins the Tourist Mile / Coady Photography & Courtesy of KY Downs)
From the KY Downs Media Team:
Snapper Sinclair likes the track at Kentucky Downs. A lot.
Saturday in the richest race of the opening day of the RUNHAPPY meet at Kentucky Downs, the $749,000 Tourist Mile, Snapper Sinclair rallied to catch pacesetting Real Story in the shadow of the wire to score by a half-length, pushing his local record to two-for-two. In 2017 during his 2-year-old season, he won the Fasig-Tipton Turf Showcase Juvenile Stakes with aplomb.
Snapper Sinclair is not alone in being perfect at Kentucky Downs. So, too, is his owner, Bloom Racing, now four-for-four at the all-turf kidney-shaped oval in southern Kentucky.
Owner Jeff Bloom — Snapper Sinclair (1st):
“Snapper Sinclair started it all off for us at Kentucky Downs,” said Jeff Bloom of Bloom Racing. “He’s such a deserving horse. He’s had some trips where he arguably could have been the winner, but he did it today. If you look at his resume, he’s been so versatile, run against some of the best horses in the country. You like to see these kind of horses get their day in the sun, and he definitely got it today.”
Jockey Julie Leparoux — Snapper Sinclair:
“We were pretty close to the pace but around the turn we got shuffled back a bit,” winning Julien Leparoux said. “He loves the track. He traveled very nice for me. When I got him outside he finished up very strong for me. This track you have to have the horse to love it, and he does.”
Trainer Steve Asmussen — Snapper Sinclair:
“He’s an extremely versatile horse,” said his Hall of Fame trainer, Steve Asmussen. “It’s been a ton of fun, and it’s great to see him in such good form right now.”
Jockey Joe Bravo — Real Story (2nd):
“I’m very proud of the horse,” said Real Story’s jockey, Joe Bravo. “Every time he changed leads, he came back. Looking at the horse that beat us, Snapper Sinclair is a good horse and stepped up to it. But my guy didn’t want to let it down.”
Assistant Trainer David Carroll — First Premio (3rd):
David Carroll, assistant to trainer Mark Casse, said First Premio had one of his best performances in finishing third under Miguel Mena.
“Certainly one of his best races,” Carroll said. “He got a terrific ride. He came into the race beautifully. It obviously was a very tough spot. We just told Miguel to ride your own race, get him comfortable. And he came running. I thought we were going to get them for a little bit, but very proud of his effort.”