Founder Finds the Finish Line at Saratoga
Founder finds the finish line at Saratoga to win his debut for trainer Chad Brown. Purchased from the OBS March 20 sales for 600K after drilling a quarter in :21 flat over the synthetic track in Ocala during the under tack show.
Reinvestment Risk by Upstart, also won in his debut for Chad Brown as well. (Featured in a previous blog) During the post race interview, Chad hinted that he had two more horses with talent by this Freshman sire Upstart.
Upstart, a New York bred, earned over 1.7 million while competing in open company against the best three year-olds in the country. Having won the Holy Bull stakes in Florida and the Razorback Handicap at Oaklawn Park while traveling the country. This consistent handsome black colt finished in money 11 out of 15 races while winning 3 graded stakes.
Facing a tough field of promising 2 year-old colts, Founder trailed the field as the two speedballs Newbomb and Happymac dueled deep into the stretch over a sloppy and sealed track.
Founder and jockey Jose Ortiz made their move from last to first by hugging the rail on the turn before darting out and around a few horses as he bolted wide in mid-stretch.
Still 8 lengths back, Founder ducked back in before showing off his explosive stride as he ate up the ground with each stride to nail his stablemate Highly Motivated and 2-1 favorite Newbomb at the final jump.
At mid-stretch, it looked like the 100k bonus would be awarded to Happymac as he collared Nextbomb at the 1/8th pole before fading to third. “Highly Motivated” closed to take the lead with 100 yards to the finish before Founder finally found the finish line as Jose Ortiz guided this green running Upstart colt to victory.