BY BROCK SHERIDAN
West Point Thoroughbreds and Steven Bouchey’s Carson’s Run came from last with a half-mile to run to win the Grade 1 bet365 Summer at Woodbine Saturday and earn a fees-paid berth into the Grade 1 Breeders’ Cup Juvenile Turf at Santa Anita on Nov. 3. Trained by Christophe Clement and ridden by Dylan Davis, Carson’s Run took the winner’s share of the US$386,267 of the Summer while defeating eight other 2-year-old rivals going a mile on the turf.
The son of Cupid out of Hot N Hectic, by Henny Hughes won for the second time in three starts after winning a maiden special weight going a mile-and-a-sixteenth on the inner turf at Saratoga on July 29 before finishing second to Gala Brand in the Grade 3 With Anticipation at the same distance on Aug. 31 at Saratoga, on a day when the inner turf was rated as good.
But the good turf at Woodbine Saturday was no factor for Carson’s Run, who won by two-and-a-quarter lengths in 1:35.70. My Boy Prince was second, a half-length ahead of OBS graduate Go With Gusto in third. They were followed in order by Tunechi, Florida-bred Souper Attentive, Western Whirl, King of the Track, Alrosa and Bucyk.
Carson’s Run paid $8.60 to win.
“He did very well there because he saved all the ground he could and then when he angled him out at the quarter pole, we had to come wide obviously, but that way you don’t get any traffic,” Clement assistant Christophe Lorieul said. “He had a clear run from quarter pole to the wire and he really showed what he is today.”
West Point Thoroughbreds purchased Carson’s Run for $170,000 out of the Randy Miles consignment earlier this year at the Ocala Breeders’ Sales Spring Sale. He now has earned $314,529 from his three starts.