Smoke Glacken's star sprinter Delaunay swept past Trinniberg at the head of the stretch and drew off to a four-length victory in the $443,600 Churchill Downs S. (Grade 2) May 4 at Churchill Downs.
The victory, the sixth in a row for Delaunay, was worth $264,031 and improved his career earnings to $803,486, with a record of 39-14-8-3. It was the first graded stakes victory for the 6-year-old bay.
Trinniberg, winner of the 2012 Breeders’ Cup Sprint (G1), led the field through fractions of :22.29 and :44.86 with Delaunay just a half-length behind. Turning for home, jockey Rosie Napravnik turned Delaunay loose, and the race was over in a matter of seconds. Delaunay cruised home to cover the seven furlongs on the sloppy main track in 1:22.35.
“The post position was great. He broke sharp. He’s such a cool horse. He’ll do whatever you ask him,” said Napravnik. “He’s very speedy and he’ll relax if you need him to. He’s just a very fast horse. Since Tom’s (Amoss) had him, he’s really come around. The track wasn’t a problem at all for him. He’s got a good record on wet tracks. We weren’t worried about that.”
“Today was a really overpowering performance. I think you’d have a lot of doubt not calling him the best sprinter in the country after today,” said winning trainer Tom Amoss.
Delauney topped a big weekend for Smoke Glacken at Churchill Downs over Kentucky Derby weekend. On Friday, On Fire Baby turned in a top-class performance only to lose the $300,000 La Troienne S. (G2) by a nose. The 4-year-old filly won the $500,000 Apple Blossom S. at Oaklawn Park on April 12. The graded stakes-winning duo has had a big part in boosting Smoke Glacken's progeny earning total to over $1.5 million in 2013.