Vexor and Trinniberg, both sons of Journeyman Stud stallions, were well clear of the field in their 1-2 finish in the Grade 2 Nashua S. Oct . 2 at Belmont Park.
The winner, a chestnut son of Wildcat Heir, negotiated the six furlongs of the Nashua in 1:10.71, beating Trinniberg, who is by Teuflesberg, after a race-long duel between the “stallion stablemates”. It was 4 1/2-lengths back to the third-place finisher.
Vexor is the eighth stakes winner of the year for his sire, who leads all Florida sires in that category, and additionally is fifth on the national third-crop sire list.
After tracking Trinniberg, who was second in the Hopeful S. (G1), through a half-mile in :45.49 seconds, Vexor engaged the front-runner on the outside, and the two dueled through the lane before Vexor edged clear late on the main track labeled “good”.
“At any point, he could have gone by the horse,” winning rider David Cohen said. “It’s a long stretch, so I was just trying to save some horse for the stretch run.”
Vexor, owned by Gold Mark Farm LLC, is now 2-1-0 in four starts. The $90,000 Nashua payday raised his lifetime earnings to $133,000. The Florida-bred broke his maiden in his second start, then ran inexplicably bad in the Hopeful, possibly due to the sloppy track.
“His maiden race kind of shows it wasn’t a fluke,” said trainer John Kimmel, “He ran a very good race up there ( in his Saratoga maiden). We had some question marks after he ran so poorly in the Hopeful. It was so bad that we just kind of had to throw the race out. He came back and had two nice works. Today he was on the outside, tracked the speed and was there when it counted. He’s obviously earned his way into a Breeders’ Cup Sprint race. It was very exciting."
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