Bright Thought sets world record in G2 San Luis Rey S.
Hat Trick's Bright Thought set a new track record in taking Saturday’s $150,000 San Luis Rey S. The 4-year-old got the 1 1/2-miles on the turf in 2:22.72, lowering Hawkster’s world record mark of 2:22.80, established on Oct. 14, 1989.
Bright Thought is Hat Trick's leading earner of 2013 and has propelled him into the top 20 on the Third Crop Sire list. He is standing this year at Gainesway for $15,000.
With gate to wire scores in a starter allowance Feb. 3 and a first condition allowance to his credit on Feb. 21, Bright Thought came into the San Luis Rey with two solid wins to his credit and was sent off the 5-2 second choice. After the break, Bright Thought and Slim Shadey battled for the lead for the majority of the trip. Bright Thought finally put away his foe about a quarter-mile from the finish, then accelerated powerfully through the stretch to finish 3 ¼ lengths clear of longshot All Squared Away.
“In his prior races here, he did show that he would settle, but we were a little worried about Slim Shadey coming out (running),” said winning trainer Jorge Gutierrez. “…If he did come out running, we wanted to sit off him a little and that’s fine. We broke good enough and when Slim Shadey came on the outside of him, we kind of let him go by and (my horse) relaxed.
“Victor (Espinoza, winning rider) had worked the horse and watched videos of him and knew him quite well. He used good judgement and it worked out perfect.”
Bred in-part by Alex Venneri and owned by Venneri, Marjorie, Michael and Joanne Dye, Bright Thought bagged $90,000 and increased his earnings to $164,500. He now officially has four wins from seven starts.
“He’s an unbelievable horse, he’s an unbelievable talent,” said Espinoza. “He broke running, and I was going to go on with (Slim Shadey), but I didn’t want to go head to head with every other horse all the way to the wire so I eased back a bit. I gave him a little breather and started to let him run from the three eighths (pole)…He can go any distance. He has the speed, but he can rate, too.”