TEXAS RED WAS JUST DANDY
Breeders’ Cup Juvenile champ Texas Red proved a couple of things with his win in the Jim Dandy at Saratoga on August 1. In capturing his first win as a three-year old, this son of Afleet Alex proved he is more than just a “one-trick pony”. Normally a deep closer, the Keith Desormeaux trained colt was much closer to a moderate pace and even took the lead at the top of the stretch. Repelling a late charge from Frosted, Texas Red proved he could do a lot more than just run by them all at the end.
Perhaps the most important thing Red showed was he is not just a one-hit wonder and some great racing days are ahead. After winning the Breeders’ Cup Juvenile last fall in fantastic fashion, Texas Red ran once at three before injury sidelined him ijoand his best effort. Covering the mile and an eighth at Saratoga in 1:48.77, Red ran big as Texas. Jockey Kent Desormeaux sums up his mount probably best.
“He’s a huge-striding, real estate loving kind of horse,” says Desormeaux. “He is trying to be the best I have ever ridden but he has Big Brown to catch.”