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Corinthian's Jewel shines in Restoration S.

Sunday, August 19, 2012 |

Corinthian's Jewel wins Monmouth's Restoration S.

Corinthian’s Jewel kicked clear in the stretch to post a 1 ¼ length victory in the $60,000 Restoration S. [VIDEO] at Monmouth Park on Sunday. The win was the first stakes score for the 3-year-old son of Corinthian.

With this latest stakes winner, Corinthian has topped the $1.4 million in progeny earnings this year and moved to the seventh spot on the Second Crop sire list.

Ridden by Paco Lopez, Corinthian’s Jewel sat about six lengths off the lead set by Crafty Unicorn. Still in third after six furlongs in 1:11.58, the eventual winner made his bid on the far turn to take over the top spot at the head of the lane. Pulling away at the end, Corinthian's Jewel covered the 1 1/8 miles distance over firm turf in 1:48.21.

“I asked him for his run at the three-eighths pole and he really took off,” said Lopez. “I saw Joe (Bravo, on Star Channel) beginning to put pressure on Crafty Unicorn and that’s when I went. This horse finished very strong today. He was impressive.”

Owned by RA Hill Stable and Shirley K Stable, the win was the second straight for Corinthian's Jewel in four career races. The winner’s share of the purse boosted his bankroll to $68,600.

“We always knew that he had some quality and his works leading up to this race were very good,” said winning trainer George Weaver. “I felt very confident that we would run really well. We just broke our maiden, so obviously you’re concerned when you’re running against seasoned horses. This horse was training like he could handle this assignment and he did it the way we wanted and we’re happy with him.”

Corinthian's Jewel was bred in Kentucky by  Michael Hernon, William Andrade, Blackrock Bloodstock et al. Out of Rhumb Line, the chestnut colt is a half-brother to Zazu, winner of the Lady's Secret S. (G1), Las Virgenes S. (G1), and Hollywood Oaks (G2).

Gainesway, as agent, consigned Corinthian's Jewel to the 2010 Keeneland September yearling sale, where he brought a winning bid of $130,000 from Weaver.