Bridgmohan takes big win in Kentucky
HENDERSON, Kentucky (CMC):
Jamaican jockey Shaun Bridgmohan repelled a flying late challenge from 7-1 choice HIERARCHY to win Sunday’s US$100,000 ($4.7 million) Kentucky Downs Preview Turf Cup Stakes at Ellis Park and guide FACTOR THIS to a fourth-straight stakes win.
Having already turned back two other challenges throughout the one and a quarter-mile trip for three-year-olds and upward, FACTOR THIS was forced to dig deep in the stretch before reaching the wire by half-length in a time of two minutes, 4:52 seconds.
The success added to recent victories in the Grade III Fair Grounds Stakes, Grade II Muniz Memorial Classic, and Grade II Wise Dan Stakes for the five-year-old bay horse.
A COOL HORSE
“He’s a cool horse. I get along with him, and he makes my job easy,” Bridgmohan said afterwards.
“You just have to get him in position, and he usually does it all. They come to him, and he fights. He makes me look good every time. He’s a hard-trying horse and as gutsy as they come. I’m just a passenger on him. He does it all.”
Bridgmohan broke the 4-5 favourite sharply and sent him to the front, but 26-1 chance PHANTOM CURRENCY quickly came to join and led into the first turn, posting easy splits of 24.99 seconds and 50.25 for the half.
FACTOR THIS secured a narrow lead up the backstretch as PHANTOM CURRENCY faded, but RY’S THE GUY assumed the mantle, sparking a duel into the top of the stretch while opening up a two-length lead on the chasing pack.
However, FACTOR THIS came away with the lead along the rails and appeared safe before HIERARCHY made things interesting late.
“It shows how much class he has. [It] wasn’t his greatest surface, but he got over it because of the job that [trainer] Brad [Cox] is doing. It shows how much tenacity and class he has,” Bridgmohan said.