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Sunday, September 25, 2011 |

Corinthian's 2yo colt Hunt Crossing wins the NATC Futurity.
At the same venue and track condition that his sire faced winning the Breeders’ Cup Mile in sensational fashion, 2-year-old Hunt Crossing powered to victory in the $132,362 Monmouth NATC Futurity on September 24. [watch race]

The bay colt from the first crop by Corinthian took command at the top of the stretch and stormed clear for a three-length score in the mud under Elvis Trujillo. The impressive triumph rocketed Corinthian into the top five among Kentucky’s freshman sires.

Hunt Crossing was making just his third career start in the Futurity, but was the clear choice of the Monmouth faithful. He had debuted at Saratoga with a four-length victory on August 3rd for trainer Todd Pletcher, then was off the board in the Grade 1 Hopeful after a troubled trip.

Hunt Crossing had no such trouble in the Futurity, breaking alertly then assuming a stalking position between rivals. He made his move on the far turn from the outside, and once in front, the win was never in doubt. Final time over the muddy strip was an excellent 1:10 2/5, by far the fastest of four six-furlong races run on the Monmouth card.

Bred in Kentucky by Mount Joy Stables, Hunt Crossing is out of the stakes-winning mare Silver Lace, by Silver Deputy. He was purchased by owner Dell Ennis for $150,000 at the Fasig-Tipton Midlantic Fall Yearling Sale.

Hunt Crossing is the first stakes winner by Corinthian, whose progeny have already won or placed in 21 races and earned more than $312,000. A son of Pulpit out of Multiply, by Easy Goer, Corinthian stood the 2011 season for $25,000.